What is palliative care?
Palliative care is holistic medical and personal care designed for people with serious medical conditions, such as cancer or motor neurone disease, or complex problems with, for example, their heart, lungs or kidneys. The aim of palliative care is to provide patients with relief from the pain and stress of a serious illness and improve their quality of life.
Sadly, serious illness can strike at any age and unfortunately there are times when medical science cannot offer a cure. In these cases, nature has to take its course and the main focus of palliative care is to help the person reach the end of their life in comfort and with dignity.
Palliative care in a hospice or in your own home?
Although palliative care is provided by hospices and also in hospitals and nursing homes, most people would prefer to spend their final months of life in their own home. Palliative care with Care at Home enables them to have their wishes upheld and receive the care they need in familiar surroundings, with close family members in regular attendance. Our service embraces both personal care and emotional and spiritual support – for the family, as well as for the person being cared for.
Sensitive and dedicated carers
Providing the right palliative care requires very particular qualities. Some people are aware their health is failing and simply want kind and gentle support to help them make the most of the time they have left. Others are too ill to be fully aware of the situation and need medication and sensitive attention to their personal needs to help ease their pain or distress. Whatever the circumstances you can rely on our carers to provide your loved one with patient and dedicated support.
Working in partnership with Macmillan and Marie Cure nurses
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.
Over 20 years’ experience in providing palliative care
Care at Home have been offering palliative care for over 20 years and over that time we have received many letters of thanks from family members. All have expressed their gratitude for the enhanced quality of life their loved one has been able to enjoy in their final months of life thanks to the patient and dedicated support of our carers.
If you think palliative care might be the answer for someone you care about, please call us at any time to discuss it. One of our care management team is on call every weekday evening and at weekends to respond to urgent enquiries. If you would like your loved one to spend their final days at home, we’ll visit them with you if they are in hospital or in a hospice to assess whether care at home would be right for them.