Patients and their family members often want to know how long a person is expected to live to help them prepare. Factors such as the illness the patient has if they have contracted an infection can affect this. Although doctors may be able to make a prognosis / an estimate based on what they know about the patient, they might be hesitant to do so. The doctor would want to be honest with your loved one and not provide false hope.
Everyone has different needs, but some emotions are common to most dying patients. Fear of abandonment, of being a burden, loss of dignity and most of all loss of control are just some of these factors. There are many ways you can provide emotional support as follows:
While it’s difficult to know when someone is going to die, there are common signs that may indicate the last days or hours of life. These may include:
It’s important to know steps you can take to provide comfort during the last days and hours before death. Here are a few ways of providing comfort:
Some families opt for medical support for their loved ones in order to enjoy what little time they have left with them. Whether your loved one requires a Carer or Registered Nurse, Cavendish Homecare can provide the much need superior care in your home.
We work to support patients and their families with sensitive and comforting End-of-life care. We understand that at such a stressful and sensitive time specialist nursing care and trustworthy support can make a huge difference during End-of-life care. Our team of Homecare Managers, Registered Nurses and Carers have a wealth of End-of-life care experience and are experts at providing practical and emotional support.
All our services are personalised to suit specific needs. If you would like to discuss your End-of-life Care, please contact one of our experts, who will be happy to help.