Research indicates that with standardised support from health professionals, quality information and resources, carers can confidently, safely and competently give subcutaneous medicines to help manage breakthrough symptoms experienced by the person they are caring for.
This role is entirely voluntary - it is the carer’s decision to make.
**If the carer feels unable to perform this role, the person being cared for will still be well looked after by the health care team.
If the carer does decide to take on this role, a nurse will teach them what they need to know in a one-on-one training session. There will be plenty of time to ask questions.
A nurse will use written guides, videos and a practice demonstration kit to teach the carer. They will leave these items in the home so the carer can refer to them at any time.