Palliative care enhances the quality of life for both patient and their families who confront the challenges of life-threatening illnesses, encompassing physical, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects. Caregivers also experience an improved quality of life.
Each year, approximately 56.8 million individuals, including 25.7 million in their final year of life, require palliative care. Early provision of palliative care reduces unnecessary hospital admissions and the utilisation of healthcare services.
Palliative care encompasses a variety of services provided by an array of professionals, all of whom have equally vital roles to play. This includes physicians, nurses, support staff, paramedics, pharmacists, physiotherapists, and volunteers, all working together to support the patient and their family.
Remaining in the comfort of one’s own home, surrounded by cherished individuals and personal belongings, while receiving professional live-in care, offers significant advantages when managing illness.
For family and friends dealing with a loved one facing a terminal illness, it is crucial to have confidence that the caregivers possess suitable qualifications and expertise in palliative care. Furthermore, it is essential to be assured that the carers and nurses attending to your loved one are executing their daily responsibilities with empathy and unwavering commitment. They should also collaborate effectively with doctors and other healthcare professionals to alleviate the challenges posed by the illness and provide support to both the individual in need of care and their family and friends
This assistance not only alleviates some of the emotional turmoil naturally experienced by family and friends but also enables the person nearing the end of life to receive optimal care without the additional concern of their loved ones’ well-being.
Furthermore, adopting a multidisciplinary team approach facilitates the inclusion of diverse viewpoints and recommendations to enhance a patient’s care, provide treatment alternatives, and strive toward accomplishing individual and family objectives.
Receiving early palliative care during a severe illness minimises avoidable hospital admissions and reduces the reliance on healthcare resources.
Palliative care enhances the overall quality of life for both patients and their families when confronted with life-threatening illnesses. It also contributes to an improved quality of life for caregivers.
At Cavendish Homecare we are experts in providing palliative homecare for individuals with terminal illnesses who want to remain in their own homes. We work to support the patients and their families with sensitive and comforting palliative care in London.