What is Palliative Care?
We all understand that serious illness can strike at any time. However, our elderly family members are more vulnerable and, unfortunately, there are times when medical science cannot offer a cure. In these cases, our palliative carers are dedicated to making our loved ones as comfortable as possible during the closing stages of their lives.
What is End of Life Care?
End of life care is an important part of palliative care and is for people who are nearing the end of their life. Whilst timeframes are often hard to predict, those who have less than a year can truly benefit from end of life care.
The aim of end of life care is to ensure your loved one lives their days as they wish, pain free and comfortable. The incredible carers who provide end of life care help individuals die with dignity.
Whilst many assume end of life care is a term for medical treatment during this time. It also includes emotional support for the individual and the family, as well as legal matters. End of life care continues for as long as everybody needs it.
An Alternative to Hospice Care
Although palliative care is provided by hospices, hospitals, and nursing homes, most people would prefer to spend the remainder of their lives in the warmth of their own home. Palliative care with Care at Home enables loved ones to have their wishes upheld and receive the care they need in familiar surroundings, with close family members and friends visiting whenever they wish. Our service embraces both personal care and emotional and spiritual support – for the family, as well as for the person being cared for.
Our Palliative Carers
It takes a special individual to provide palliative care and our carers are some of the most compassionate and welcoming people you will ever meet. Whilst their medical skills and professionalism are second to none, it is their warmth that makes them a great support to those who are ill and their families.
Whilst some of our wonderful clients are aware their health is failing and require kind and gentle support, we also recognise that others are too ill to be aware of their situation and need medication and sensitive attention to help ease any pain or distress.
Our carers, whatever your loved one’s circumstances, are able to provide tailored palliative care for all medical needs and dedicated support.
Our Partnership with Macmillan and Marie Curie
The success of palliative care at home depends to a large extent on being able to obtain specialist medical support, if possible from voluntary Macmillan or Marie Curie Nurses. It is their role to monitor medication and take responsibility for other medical aspects of the care. Our palliative carers are used to working in partnership with medical professionals and our Manager would be happy to help you arrange additional support from a dedicated Macmillan or Marie Curie nurse.
Find Out More About Palliative Care
If you and your loved one would like to find out more about palliative care or end of life care, please call us on 0800 0807 891. One of the Care at Home team will be available to take your call and answer any questions you have.