What does End of Life Care mean?
September 10, 2020
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 with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of Dementia the doctor will provided 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.
Patient needs in End of Life Care
- 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 accept what is going to happen.
Planning for 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 ones wishes ensures their wishes can be met.
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 Care 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 one and their needs.
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?
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, who will be happy to help.
Read more on our Palliative Care and End of Life services, What does Palliative care mean for Cancer patients?, When should someone be offered Palliative Care? and What to expect from a Palliative Homecare plan.