What does end of life care mean?

September 10, 2023 End of Life Care, Palliative care

What does end of life care mean?

In the final stages of a terminal illness, it can become evident that in spite of the best care, attention, and treatment, your loved one is approaching the end of their life. At this point many focus on changes to make their loved one as comfortable as possible in order to make the most of the time they have left.

When is time for end of life care?

This is all very dependent on the individual and their illness. For some life-limiting diseases there are signs to show moving from curative care to palliative care may be the best option. For example, having multiple trips to the hospital emergency departments to stabilise the illness begins to affect their quality of life, deciding to stop receiving treatment and wishing to stay at home rather than spend time in hospital. All of those signs show that end-of-life care will ensure your loved one can spend time with family and friends without the burden of hospital and treatments.

For those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, the doctor will provide the family with details of the stages of the disease. This will enable the family to decide when certain types of care are appropriate for their loved one.

The patient needs in end of life care

 As your loved one enters their end-of-life stage their needs change. These changes could be:

  • Practical physical care and assistance – bathing, dressing and moving.
  • Comfort and dignity – remaining at home in comfort and peace.
  • Grief support – supporting your loved one to accept what is going to happen.

Planning for the end of life can ease stress and allow you to put all of your love and attention into your loved one. Communicating with family and friends your loved one’s wishes ensures their wishes can be met.

The caregiver needs in end of life care

Your loved one’s deteriorating medical condition and the 24-hour demands of final-stage care can mean that you’ll need additional in-home help. During this time, palliative care measures can help to control pain and other symptoms. Palliative homecare provides emotional and spiritual support to both the patient and their family.

Respite homecare can give you and your family a break from the intensity of end-of-life caregiving. This could be for a few hours to allow yourself a break or 24/7 support to help care for your loved ones and their needs.

Cavendish Homecare

At Cavendish Homecare we are experts in providing end of life care 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 end of life care.

Why choose us?

 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 and care for the patient and their families.

All our services are personalised to suit specific needs. If you would like to discuss your end of life care needs and potential costs, please contact one of our experts on 02030085210 or email us at info@cavendishhomecare.com.