Palliative care.

Specialist support, tailored to your needs

We understand how distressing it can be to see how a terminal illness is affecting 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, who is experienced and trained in palliative care, you can have specialist support whenever it is needed.

Whether you are looking for a full-time live in, or a visiting carer for those times when you need some extra help, we provide the full range of care services for palliative care. For personal care, support with pain management, administering medication, cooking meals or sharing memories over a cup of tea, our support covers whatever you need.

As well as being Worcestershire’s only  'Outstanding' rated Care Quality Commission home care provider we are registered providers with the NHS, Continuing healthcare and District Nursing teams and regularly work alongside St Richards Hospice staff, and we’re usually able to provide fast-track palliative care.  

If you’d like to find out more about the palliative care and how we can support you, call our friendly and sensitive team of advisors. We’re here seven days a week to talk through your options, so call us now on 01905 420404 or contact us via the form on this website.

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.

Palliative care at home

While some people receive palliative support within a hospice or residential nursing home, palliative care at home is becoming a popular choice for many individuals who want to stay in an environment where they feel most comfortable. It’s often referred to as hospice at home.

Palliative home care can involve:

Personal care, such as 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, even the more complex prescriptions

Support with pain management

Help moving around the home, whether it is gentle support or hoisted transfers

Housekeeping duties, such as vacuuming, dusting, changing beds or doing the laundry

Preparing meals to your tastes, and washing up afterwards

Caring for your pet, including feeding and walking

Running errands to collect prescriptions or the food shopping

Companionship and supporting your independent living at home

· "The time we spend with Mum now is fun time. It’s really taken the pressure off all of us. Now we can just enjoy our time together".

·   Maureen McAndrew, Family member.
· The options for palliative home care

· There are many options for palliative care in the home. Here at Home Instead we offer the full range of home care services, all of which are fully regulated by the Care Quality Commission.
· Unlike introductory agencies, your local care manager will be on-hand if you ever have any changes or concerns. This fully managed services 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.

· The options for palliative care include:

· Live-in care places a specially trained live-in carer that can provide support each day according to your requirements. Carefully chosen, based on your personality and care needs, this carer will live with you at home, supporting with your day-to-day needs. With a special focus on promoting your independence and helping you to get the most out of life, he or she is likely to become a great friend and companion.
· Regular home visits
· If you’d prefer support visits at specific times of the day – or overnight – we will support you with this. From just an hour visit each week all the way through to several visits a day or nightly support, an expertly trained carer can support you to stay independent at home.
· Respite care
· If your usual caregiver needs to take a break, we can offer respite live-in care over periods of just a couple of weeks.. If you’ve been let down by your usual carer, or they are taken ill suddenly, we can often step in quickly to support you with care.

· Benefits of palliative care at home

· 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.
· Not having care in a hospital or hospice also means less disruption for everybody: it’s usually easier for friends and family to visit at a person’s home. Round-the-clock care allows any changes in condition will be noticed and responded to quickly. Family members can carry on with their lives, knowing they will be notified of any developments.
· 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 is Worcestershire’s only CQC’s  ‘Outstanding’ rated agency. Find out more about the advantages of using a managed palliative care service instead of employing a carer directly.

· How quickly can palliative carers be arranged?
· When somebody is ill, conditions can change very quickly. The need to arrange palliative care can be very urgent, especially if someone’s in pain or distress.

· We can arrange care 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, your local dedicated care manager can arrange support that will ease your move back to the home that you know.
· Please call us if you’d like to discuss the options. Our team is available seven days a week on 01905 420404 or via the online enquiry form provided.