What End of Life Care Involves

  29th March, 2023

When a loved one is diagnosed with a terminal illness, a care plan needs to be sensitively put in place to ensure sufficient support and aid are provided. As a live-in care provider, with years of experience assisting with end of life care to the local community, we understand how to work alongside multidisciplinary teams to ensure every care requirement is met for individuals nearing the end of their life. 

Palliative care is the term used at the first point of diagnosis. End of life care involves the care and support provided in the final stages of one’s life, and should be delivered with the utmost sense of dignity and diligence from a qualified care team. End of life care involves a multitude of care practices, and should be tailored to meet the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of individuals.

What to anticipate from end of life care 

Our care services are person-centred, and all of our carers take a holistic approach when delivering end of life care that supports individuals and their loved ones. This means the whole person is considered, as opposed to symptoms of life-limiting conditions. 

You can anticipate a care service that is driven by the needs and end of life requests from the individual living with an advanced incurable illness, or in other cases, from the insight of family members. 

End of life care is all about providing a comfortable, secure environment that provides solace and companionship in such a distressing and emotionally heavy time for all involved. 

Our team of live-in caregivers are fully trained and knowledgeable about terminal illnesses, such as cancer and dementia, and help with hands-on personal care such as washing and dressing, and advice and monitoring when it comes to easing pain and relieving symptoms. 

They work closely with other care professionals to ensure emotional and mental wellbeing needs are also being tended to, and that individuals have everything they need at home to make their end of life period as comfortable and secure as possible. 

Putting a plan in place for end of life care

We often find that relatives or close friends step in, when it comes to discussions about end of life care live-in services. Communication is vital when it comes to putting a plan in place for end of life care, as is listening to individual requirements and requests. Our carers take everything into consideration, from equipment needed at home, to contact with family members and scheduling visits. 

Time is crucial when it comes to end of life care, and a plan should be put in place at the very point of diagnosis. For some individuals, end of life can be imminent and therefore care should be provided as soon as possible. 

We understand that every situation, and diagnosis, is different. Therefore each plan should be tailored to individual needs and communicated with loved ones. 

Why choose live-in end of life care?

When one is diagnosed with a terminal illness, everything can feel alienating, nonsensical and frustrating. People living with a terminal illness can feel particularly distressed when placed in an unfamiliar setting such as a care home or hospice, which can impact mental wellbeing. 

We recognise that home is the centre of many happy memories made over the years, both for individuals affected by a life-limiting illness and their surrounding relatives. End of life care delivered in the comfort of one’s own home, by carers that are qualified and well equipped to deal with intensely emotional situations, can ensure one’s final hours, days or years are made as comfortable and accommodating as possible.

Live in end of life care can provide an element of reassurance and relief for affected families, that can ensure their loved one is in the best hands possible as they near the end of their life. 

  • "The carers have been very good, one even using her free time to visit the husband in hospital and really going the extra mile."

    ED Westcott

  • "The  care that Jola provides is fabulous in every respect. I cannot praise her highly enough for the patience she shows with. It was a happy day when she came to us "

    RL Englefield Green

  • "As far as I am concerned, Roberta has been an absolute rock for our family. Completely unselfish in her care and invaluable."

    CB Guildford

  • "We are absolutely delighted with Karolina she is gentle and kind I love chatting to her and really enjoy her company."

    JH Cambridge

  • "Arbour provided live-in carers for my wife for six years from 2017-2023 including the pandemic. My main impression is of a very professional organisation in which owners and staff worked all the time to provide the support the client needed at as high a standard as possible. They gave equal attention to statutory requirements, care plans and staff training and never cut any corners."


  • "The support that we have had from Arbour Care has been, quite literally, lifesaving. They found an amazing carer to look after my elderly and disabled husband, who is very experienced, kind and thoughtful. She has made an enormous positive difference to the quality of our lives and I will always be grateful to her and cannot thank her enough."