Compassionate communities are communities that provide assistance for those in need of end of life care, separate from any official heath service provision that may already be available within the community. This idea was developed in 2005 in Allan Kellehear’s seminal volume- Compassionate Cities: Public Health and End of Life Care. In the ensuing ten years the theoretical aspects of the idea have been continually explored, primarily rehearsing academic concerns rather than practical ones.
Compassionate Communities: Case Studies from Britain and Europe provides the first major volume describing and examining compassionate community experiments in end of life care from a highly practical perspective. Focusing on community development initiatives and practice challenges, the book offers practitioners and policy makers from the health and social care sectors practical discussions on the strengths and limitations of such initiatives. Furthermore, not limited to providing practice choices the book also offers an important and timely impetus for other practitioners and policy makers to begin thinking about developing their own possible compassionate communities.
An essential read for academic, practitioner, and policy audiences in the fields of public health, community development, health social sciences, aged care, bereavement care, and hospice & palliative care, Compassionate Communities is one of only a handful of available books on end of life care that takes a strong health promotion and community development approach.
Preface Klaus Wegleitner, Katharina Heimerl and Allan Kellehear 1. Hospices and Community Development: A National UK Perspective Libby Sallnow, Antonia Bunnin and Heather Richardson 2. Developing Community Support Networks at the End of Life in Weston-super-Mare, UK Julian Abel and Ditch Townsend 3. Compassionate Community in Shropshire, West Midlands, England Paul Cronin 4. Compassionate Community in Sandwell, West Midlands, England Mangula Patel 5. Community Partnerships: A Public Health Approach to Ageing, Death, Dying and Loss Siobhan Horton, Rachel Zammit and Bie Nio Ong 6. The Compassionate City Charter: Inviting the Cultural and Social Sectors Into End of Life Care Allan Kellehear 7. 'Join Bill United!': Compassionate Communities in Limerick, Ireland Kathleen McLoughlin and Jim Rhatigan 8. Caring Community in Living and Dying in Landeck, Tyrol, Austria Klaus Wegleitner, Patrick Schuchter and Sonja Prieth 9. 'Ethics from the Bottom Up': Promoting Networks and Participation Through Shared Stories of Care Patrick Schuchter and Andreas Heller 10. Dementia-Friendly Pharmacy: A Doorway in the Community in Vienna and Lower Austria Petra Plunger, Verena Tatzer, Katharina Heimerl and Elisabeth Reitinger 11. A Convent Initiative: Compassionate Community in Solothurn, Switzerland Elisabeth Wappelshammer and Christine Weissenberg 12. Community Palliative Care in Eastern Switzerland: The Role of Local Forums in Developing Palliative Care Culture and Enabling Ethical Discourse Katharina Linsi and Karin Kaspers-Elekes 13. Dementia-friendly Communities: Together for a Better Life with (and without) Dementia Reimer Gronemeyer and Verena Rothe 14. On the Way to a Caring Community? The German Debate Thomas Klie