Palliative Care at Home: What to Expect

Palliative care at home allows you to live fully, particularly during the last months or years of your life. It is a highly important step that helps protect your dignity.

With this type of home care, you get the emotional and physical comfort to alleviate the suffering of passing away. It can be tailored to your unique needs and preferences.

In this article, we will explore what to expect from palliative care at home.

 

 

Understanding Palliative Care

According to the World Health Organisation,

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients (adults and children) and their families who are facing problems associated with life-threatening illness.

It revolves around symptom management and personalised care, especially for those with terminal or incurable illnesses. Palliative care is also effective in relieving or reducing pain and other discomforting symptoms.

Once you are notified that you have an end-stage or life-ending illness, you should have access to palliative care. It is often used interchangeably with “end-of-life care,” signifying the care given to someone who is dying.

The goal of palliative care is to:

support the person with incurable illness to live their remaining life as well and as meaningfully as possible and to support them as they eventually die from their illness and reaching the natural end of their lives It acknowledges that each life is morally significant, restoring patients’ and families’ quality of life where possible, and attending meticulously to the dying period as necessary

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Its philosophy is to enhance a person’s quality of life through the management of symptoms and various interventions aimed at psychological support in an enriching manner.

 

 

 

 

Benefits of Palliative Care

The benefits of palliative care include:

 

Management of symptoms:

Carers who are experts in palliative care can assist patients with symptom management. This involves making the person feel comfortable and alleviating or reducing pain, fatigue, breathlessness and other experiences.

 

Lower depression

One positive impact of palliative care is reduced depression. This is a result of the psychological support received during the course of the treatment.

 

Longer survival

Studies have shown a relationship between mortality and depression. This implies a longer survival for patients with terminal illnesses.

 

Support in making decisions.

Care specialists offer succour to those with terminal illnesses and empower families to make the right choice, especially when it relates to care, illness treatment and psychological support. During this difficult time, providing  guidance and compassionate support for family members is crucial.

 

What to Expect from Palliative Care at Home:

 

Teamwork:

Palliative care is a medical specialty that health professionals receive specific training for. Your palliative care team may be made up of medical, nursing and allied health professionals, who offer a range of services to assist you, your family and carers throughout your illness.

They include:

 

General practitioner (GP) or family doctor

  • Manage your palliative care treatment
  • Visits you for daily health concerns if you are not in hospice care.

 

Spiritual or pastoral care practitioner

  • Also known as spiritual adviser, pastoral carer, priest, deacon, rabbi, mufti or reverend
  • supports you and your family to talk about spiritual matters. helps you reflect on your life and, if you want, on your search for meaning

 

Healthcare assistant

Healthcare assistants are experts who can assist you in:

  • Personal grooming.
  • Mobility
  • Drugs administration
  • Light meal preparation and more.

Vivid Care has professional healthcare assistants in many cities across the UK. If you would require the service of one, contact us today.

 

Vivid Care Nurses

If you need care at your residence, you may get assistance from a Vivid Care nurse. They are experts at:

  • Guiding you on your drugs or prescription.
  • Evaluate your individual requirements and plan, assisting you with the type of help you ought to get.

 

Pharmacist

Pharmacists are centered on the community. They provide support in the following ways:

  • Dispensing medication
  • Team up with the rest of your palliative care team to assist you in getting the right care.

Other members of the team include:

  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Clinical nurse specialist (CNS)

 

 

 

 

 

Services offered

Quickly list the typical services offered by a palliative care team at home:

 

Symptom management

Each patient experiences a uniquely different end-of-life symptom. These symptoms include fatigue, constipation, breathlessness, delirium and fatigue.

In many situations, symptoms can be managed to a considerable extent, however, this might not be enough to eliminate them.

A major goal of palliative care is symptom relief. Your carer will assist you in identifying and managing your symptoms.

 

Carer support

A lot of people in elderly care will go through many hard emotions. The patients and their families may become irritable, depressed and anxious, but you can offer support in many ways:

  • Anguish—for the way their life has become and how limited it has become.
  • Fright
  • Melancholy
  • Resentment
  • Bitterness
  • Despair
  • Guilt
  • Anger

Ways the palliative care team can offer emotional support include:

  • Invest time in finding out about your emotional state and what you may be going through.
  • Provide companionship and support your independent living at home.  Our team of carers will pay you a visit and provide emotional support throughout their stay.
  • Offer a listening, non-judgmental ear as you freely reveal your worries and fears in a serene and safe space.
  • Recommend some fun activities to carry out together.
  • Providing encouragement for you to undertake daily activities.
  • Making you feel valued and cared for.

 

Personalised care

According to the NHS, personalised care is:

Personalised care means people have choice and control over the way their care is planned and delivered, based on ‘what matters’ to them and their individual strengths and needs.

The goal is to provide well organised and individual-centred care. This kind of care caters to your needs, offering you the support you need to become more comfortable and dignified.

This can be achieved by:

  • shared decision-making
  • Individualised care and support.
  • Empowering choices, including legal rights to choice
  • social prescribing and community-based support
  • patient activation and supported self-management
  • personal health budgets.

 

 

 

Choosing Palliative Care at Home

 

Eligibility criteria for palliative care at home

According to experts, palliative care is highly beneficial if you have a terminal illness, such as myocardial infarction, chronic obstructive lung disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, neurodegenerative disorder, and many others.

Palliative care can be administered at any stage of the disease’s progression and is ideally offered immediately after a person is diagnosed.

Some of the most common eligibility criteria for palliative care at home include the following:

  • a specific prognosis (usually below six months);
  • a choice to concentrate on comfort rather than cure;
  • the choice that resuscitation would not be used when the illness brings a natural death.

As stated earlier, we recommend you get some aspect of palliative care. This is particularly important for the relief of pain and symptom management. It can also help when making critical choices. Palliative care is key when the illness is rapidly progressing and there are no other treatment options.

 

Why Choose Vivid Care for Palliative Care?

For years. Vivid care has been providing quality domiciliary care services to residents in Manchester, Salford, Liverpool, Runcorn, Warrington, Trafford and Bradford. We are staffed with compassionate and dedicated care professionals who can assist in lessening pain and suffering while improving quality of life and happiness.

 

What sets us apart?

  • Many of our caregivers are certified in palliative care.
  • We are specialists in symptom management, replacing tense visits to the emergency room or doctor’s office.
  • Spiritual, emotional, and grief support
  • Individualised care plan