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.