Palliative Care and End of Life Care

Palliative and end of life care

We understand how distressing it can be to see how a terminal illness can affect a loved one. That’s where we can help, providing specialist support with the day-to-day things so your family can make the most of your time together.

Palliative care at home allows you to stay in the place you feel most comfortable, surrounded by memories and the people you love. With the one-to-one support of a compassionate CAREGiver you can have specialist support whenever it is needed.

Whether you are looking for a full-time live-in CAREGiver who can support your loved one with personal care, administering medication and cooking meals or a visiting CAREGiver for those times when you need some extra help or some companionship, we provide the full range of care services for palliative care.

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is specialised care for people with serious or terminal illnesses. The support focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and their family. We tailor your care plan to meet your specific needs and requirements.
Palliative home care can include:
· Personal care - assistance with bathing, dressing and toileting
· Continence care, whether it is changing continence pads or managing a stoma or catheter
· Medication support, including prompts or administering medication
· Support with pain management
· Help moving around the home
· Housekeeping duties, including vacuuming, dusting, changing beds and doing the laundry
· Preparing meals
· Caring for your pet
· Running errands to collect prescriptions or food shopping
· Companionship and supporting your independent living at home

What is end of life care?

End of life care is support for people who are in the last months or years of the life. At home end of life care is there to allow you to stay where you feel most comfortable and safe, surrounded by memories created over the years and the people you love.

What are the benefits of palliative home care?

· One of the main benefits of palliative care at home is that it allows somebody to spend their time at home, in the company of someone they know and trust. As well as being reassuring for the person receiving care, knowing this can give peace of mind to families and close friends too.
· It is usually easier for friends and family to visit at a person’s home rather than visiting a care home
· With round-the-clock care it allows any changes in condition to be noticed immediately and responded to quickly.
· Family members can carry on with their everyday tasks knowing their loved one is safe at home and that they will be notified of any developments instantly
· You can also be reassured that the person providing care is assessed to the high standards of the Care Quality Commission and that Home Instead Cheltenham & Cotswolds is registered and regulated by the CQC.

What are the options for palliative care and end of life care?

There are many options for palliative care in the home. Here at Home Instead we offer a full range of home care services, all of which are fully regulated by the Care Quality Commission.

Live-in – we can arrange a live-in CAREGiver that can provide support each day according to your requirements. Our CAREGivers are selected carefully, based on your personality and care needs, this CAREGiver will live with you at home, supporting you with your day-to-day needs. With a special focus on promoting your independence and helping you to get the most out of life, they are likely to become a great friend and companion.

Regular home visit - we can arrange support visits at specific times of the day or night to provide the care you need. Whether it is one or two visits a week or several visits throughout the day or night we can provide you with a CAREGiver.

Respite care - if your usual carer or family member needs to take a break, we can offer respite live-in care over periods of just a couple of weeks.

Your local care manager will be on-hand if you ever have any changes or concerns. This fully managed service offers you the extra reassurance that if your care requirements change, we can easily change the support to suit to you, and that your CAREGiver has the very best support 24 hours a day.

How quickly can palliative and end of life care be arranged?

When somebody is ill, conditions can change very quickly. The need to arrange palliative care and end of life care can be very urgent, especially if someone is in pain or distress.

We can arrange care very quickly for a variety of circumstances, and in many cases, we can begin arranging care within 24/48 hours of you getting in touch. Even if you are currently in hospital or another residential setting, our care manager can arrange support that will ease your move back to your home.

Contact us today

If you would like to find out more about the palliative care and end of life care we can provide you, please call our friendly care team on 01242 513203 or complete the form below and we will get in touch.

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