Palliative Care at Home: What to Expect

Navigating a terminal illness, whether it's your own or a loved ones’, presents one of life's greatest challenges, often leading to numerous questions about end-of-life care.

Navigating a terminal illness, whether it’s your own or a loved ones’, presents one of life’s greatest challenges, often leading to numerous questions about end-of-life care. If you’ve chosen to receive care at home, you might find yourself with even more questions.

Sometimes, these questions aren’t just for yourself; you want to be prepared to inform concerned family and friends. Let’s explore what to expect when it comes to palliative care at home in the Poole, Ferndown, Oakdale, Hamworthy and Whitecliff areas.

People who are nearing the end of their lives may find comfort in being at home. Everyone has a distinct experience with providing care for a dying person at home, and it may be both difficult and rewarding. Knowing that you can seek support can be beneficial if you’re thinking about or are currently providing at-home care for someone.

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Diverse Care Options

Palliative care isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, and the type of care you or your loved one receives will depend on individual needs. While many associate palliative care with hospices, opting for end-of-life care at home provides several options to suit your preferences.

Live-in Care

  •  Live-in palliative care offers round-the-clock access to a specially trained health and social care professional. Your dedicated carer resides with you, assuming overall responsibility for your care. This includes managing pain, addressing other symptoms, and providing emotional support and personal care as needed.
  • In this scenario, the carer often becomes a companion and a friend, not only to you but also to visiting family members and friends. They also respect your need for private time with loved ones.

Home Visits

  • If you prefer assistance only during specific times, such as mornings or evenings, carers can provide home visits tailored to your needs. This way, you receive essential support while maintaining your independence.
  • Carers assist with tasks like dressing, cooking, and household chores, making your daily routine more manageable. Visiting care not only offers assistance but also enhances self-esteem by promoting independence and reducing reliance on loved ones.

Respite Care

  • Although not strictly palliative care, respite care is valuable when you have chosen to be cared for by friends or family. It allows them to take a well-deserved break from their caregiving responsibilities.
  • Respite care is available as needed. Your loved ones can spend quality time with you while someone else handles some of the daily tasks.
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How Can Home Instead Poole Assist?

We provide a range of care services across multiple locations including in Poole, Ferndown, Oakdale, Hamworthy, Whitecliff and the surrounding areas ensuring individuals receive the care and assistance they require when they need it most.

If you’re interested in learning more about our services, please contact us online or call us on 01202 853198. Our friendly team members will be delighted to assist you.

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