Palliative care provides a lasting solution to how we deal with terminal illnesses in this century. It can be heartbreaking to watch a loved one lose their life to the clutches of one or more of these illnesses, but with the professional care that palliative care at home brings to your grasp, this problem is solved. Let’s look into what palliative care is and how it helps.

What is Palliative Care?

The World Health Organization defines palliative care as an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illnesses, through the prevention and relief of suffering through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychological and spiritual.
Simply put, palliative care is a form of end of life care that helps you to provide sufficient care for your loved ones who experience pain and other associated complications from life-threatening illnesses by assisting them to receive care in the place where they feel most comfortable and around people and memories that they have grown to love over the years.Simply put, palliative care is a form of end of life care that helps you to provide sufficient care for your loved ones who experience pain and other associated complications from life-threatening illnesses by assisting them to receive care in the place where they feel most comfortable and around people and memories that they have grown to love over the years.
Palliative home care makes one-on-one specialist care and support available to your loved one whenever they need it.

End Off Care at Home

Palliative care at home is designed to help your loved one receive specialist as and when they need access to it. While palliative care is a popular form of end of life care within a hospice or residential nursing home, in recent times palliative home care is increasingly getting much more traction than hospice care as it allows a patient to receive an end of life treatment in the most comfortable environmental conditions.
Numerous studies have shown that patients can recover faster when they are placed in excellent environmental conditions and for one who’s suffering from a terminal illness; the results are overwhelming when they receive care around the people that they love. It is also sometimes referred to in the loose sense as “hospice care at home.”
Safehands provides professional palliative home care and support services both in the short and long-term capacities to help your loved one receive an adequate end of life care from compassionate carers who have a proven track record in the health care and palliative care industry.

What does Palliative Home Care Involve?

Home Instead care at home involves a variety of care tasks which are best handled by our specialist palliative care professionals, and they are;
1. Personal care and assistance living, such as assistance with bathing, dressing, and toileting
2. Continence care, including changing continence pads or managing a stoma or catheter
3. Medication support, including prompts or administering medication, even the more complex prescriptions
4. Assistance with pain management
5. Help with moving around the home, either gentle support or hoisted transfers
6. Housekeeping duties, such as vacuuming, dusting, changing beds or doing the laundry
7. Preparing meals to your tastes, and washing up afterward
8. Caring for your pet, including feeding and walking
9. Running errands to collect prescriptions or food shopping
10. Companionship and supporting your independent living at home
At Safe Hands, we can provide professional palliative care services that include all the above and more through our local branches and professionally trained palliative care specialists spread across England and Wales. Our exceptional care teams are also available on-demand to offer fast track palliative care services which are initiated within 24 hours or less depending on the severity of the care needed.

What Options are Available for End Of Life Home Care?

Our palliative home care service is subject to a flexible schedule suited to attend to your personalized needs. We fully understand that every case is unique, and this knowledge is incorporated in our palliative home care service delivery. At Safehands, we provide a full range of palliative home care services, all of which are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Here are some of the palliative home care options that you can conveniently choose from;

1. In-home Care

Our live-in care service affords you the possibility of a full-time palliative home care specialist that can provide full time palliative care and support every day to suit your requirements. This professional palliative home care specialist is chosen based on our assessment of your personal care needs and trained on how to provide adequate palliative care to support your daily needs. A live-in carer is specially trained on how to help you make the most of your independence and help your loved one live the rest of their life with the needed companionship and friendship guaranteed to help alleviate the pain and suffering that they experience.

2. Respite Care

Our respite care service, on the other hand, provides you with a professional palliative care specialist in the short term capacity. This form of palliative care at home is primarily used when your usual carer is unavailable due to one reason or the other. Our respite care option is designed to provide you with emergency care and support, to ensure that you do not experience a relapse as a result of the absence of your designated carer.

What are the Benefits of End Life Of Care?

The benefits of palliative care at home are endless, given the fact that it helps a patient receive the best form of end of life care right from their comfort zones.
1. One of the main benefits of palliative care at home is that it affords your loved one the luxury of receiving care and support in their homes or within the confines of their comfort zone.
2. Another important one is the peace of mind that you experience with assurance that your loved one is receiving the best form of care, even in your absence.
3. Palliative care at home helps you to avoid the hustle and bustle of traditional hospice or nursing home care. With palliative home care, you can boycott the disruptions and rules of the regular hospice care.
4. Palliative home care affords you the luxury of 24-hour care, which means that you can always track any changes or developments to the health status of your loved one at any time of the day.
5. With palliative care, you can rest assured that your loved one’s carer is professionally trained and qualified to provide adequate care and support that meet up to the standard of the CQC.

How Quickly Can We Arrange Care?

At Safehands, we understand that the need for palliative care is subject to the patient’s present health conditions which in turn can be very volatile as health conditions are also subject to change, which in many cases can be unexpected.
We are equipped to provide on-demand palliative care services to cater to a wide variety of circumstances. We can also provide quality palliative care services within 24 hours of getting notified, especially in emergencies where the patient needs to start receiving care in the earliest possible time.
Regardless of whether the patient is receiving care in a hospice or nursing home already, our local dedicated care managers are trained to help make your move back home as comfortable as possible especially in cases of severe life-threatening illnesses such as advanced cancer.
Put a call through to us right away to discuss the best palliative home care options for your case and how to get started. Our customer service representatives are available at all hours of the day to attend to your inquiries and walk you through the process of providing the best forms of end of life care for your loved one(s).

Signs That Your Loved One May Need End of Life Palliative Care

One of the inevitable aspects of human life is that, at some point, it has to end. Whilst this is not a topic that everyone is comfortable in discussing, here at Safe Hands Live-In Care we are well-experienced in the provision of palliative care and end of life care. Our staff take great pride in being able to make the last weeks and months of those with terminal illnesses, as comfortable and pleasurable as can be. 

If, for your own peace of mind, you would like to educate yourself on the signs that indicate that a loved one would be a prime candidate for end-of-life care, please feel free to read the guide below.

Frequent trips to the hospital

If your loved one is terminally ill, it is understandable that they have mandated, regular trips to the hospital. However, if these start to become more-and-more often, and rather than a consultation, it could be a sign that things are not going well. 

Palliative care and end of life care is something that is specifically designed to address issues such as these. When your loved one is being offered 24-hour personal care, this will also involve ensuring that they have easy access to medical services.

Loss of independence

For many older people, one of the biggest fears that they have to face in their later years is the loss of their independence. They do not want to become a burden on their family members and they may struggle to find affordable live-in homecare. 

However, this does not necessarily mean that they do not need the services of a care agency, or require care at home. There are various cost-effective full-time home care solutions out there, which means that you can live safely in the knowledge that when you are not there, your loved one has access to the support that they truly need.

Toilet troubles

When it comes to sufferers of terminal illnesses, one of the most frequent side effects, that often causes much embarrassment, is incontinence. Although their appetite may have all-but-gone, the urinary and bowel tracts are still likely to cause issues. If you are not able to be by their side round-the-clock, you may consider a care service to provide you with assistance in this matter. It is important that your loved one is able to keep their dignity throughout these trying times.

Treatment ends

Unfortunately, it is not always possible for illnesses and ailments to be cured; sometimes, diseases prove to be too strong, and there is no available treatment. In these types of circumstances, the focus moves onto creating an atmosphere which maximises comfort. Once again, this is where paying for care from professionals can be good not only for your loved one, but also for you.

Is palliative care end of life care?

Palliative does encompass end-of-life care, but it is so much more. Palliative care involves treatment of individuals who have a serious illness in which a cure or complete reversal of the disease and its process is no longer possible.

What do we offer?

For those that are unaware, we are Safe Hands Live-In Care. When it comes to providers of full-time home care, you would be hard-pressed to source a finer company. Our live-in carers work hard to ensure that our clients have access to the finest services available. Whether it is a long-term case that you need prolonged support with, or end-of-life care that is centred on ensuring that your loved one is as comfortable as possible, you can be sure that we can help.

For anyone that has been searching for live-in care prices to no avail, and would like to find out a little more about our live-in care prices, we are pleased to inform you that it is easier than ever to get in touch. Our customer service representatives are well-versed in all aspects of our business, meaning that can proficiently educate you about our various care services. 

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