The body initiates its inherent process of gradually slowing down all of its functions. The duration of this process varies from one individual to another, spanning hours to possibly days.
As the person approaches the end of life, they may experience weakness and increased periods of sleep. As death draws nearer, observable physical alterations may include changes in breathing, end of life rash (pruritus), loss of control over bladder and bowel functions, end of life rash (pruritus)and eventual unconsciousness.
It can be emotionally challenging to witness these physical changes in someone. Nevertheless, it’s essential to recognize that these changes are a natural part of the dying process and do not necessarily indicate discomfort or distress for the person.
Medical professionals, including doctors and nurses caring for the individual, will vigilantly monitor these changes. Their primary goal is to ensure the person’s comfort during their final moments.
If you are providing care for a person at home during their final stages, you should seek support from specialized nurses, district nurses, and the GP. They can address your concerns and make the process of home nursing more manageable for you.
When someone is approaching the end of life, they may exhibit various signs and experiences:
Identifying the final stages of dementia before death can be challenging, but certain indicators may provide insight. These signs and symptoms include:
When these end of life vital signs are accompanied by frailty, recurring infections, and/or pressure ulcers, it’s likely that the individual is approaching the end of life. If they have another life-limiting condition, such as cancer, the progression of that condition is likely to follow a more predictable course. Provision of palliative care for individuals in the end stages of dementia is crucial to ensure their comfort and quality of life during this challenging phase.
Consider the likelihood of end-stage Parkinson’s disease if a person experiences the following:
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.
Please call our Homecare Team on 0203 008 5210 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can assist you.
Mairead Liston, a dedicated figure in healthcare, began her journey as a nurse and midwife, laying the foundation for a remarkable career. Driven by passion and expertise, Mairead established a successful nursing agency, serving as a crucial staffing resource for major hospitals in London and the UK.
In 2010, Mairead founded Cavendish Homecare with a mission to provide exceptional care in the comfort of people’s homes. Mairead’s areas of expertise encompass palliative and end of life care, post-operative care, and cancer care, ensuring the delivery of the highest quality of care to her clients.
Her transformative impact is exemplified through prestigious awards, including the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award and the Chief Nursing Officer in Adult Social Care Silver award, recognising her dedicated service to social care.
By becoming a member of the Guild of Freemen of the City of London, Mairead not only emphasises her active support for both current and future nurses but also plays a vital role in contributing to the ongoing evolution of the nursing profession.