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When You Need Palliative Care

When You Need Palliative Care

There may come a time when the body is tired or illness sets in. That’s when palliative care may be necessary but you don’t need to leave home to receive the care you or your loved one deserves.  Palliative care can be performed along with the care you receive from your primary doctors.

Its primary purpose is to relieve the pain and other symptoms you are experiencing and improve your quality of life. Palliative care is a central part of treatment for serious or life- threatening illnesses. But not all palliative care is for terminal patients. Some people are cured and no longer need palliative care. Others move in and out of palliative care, as needed.

The number one request we hear is for some dignity in the final stages of life for many palliative patients.  When their condition is deemed terminal and they enter their palliative stage, receiving care and support for their needs whilst remaining close to family is of paramount importance.  Without this support of carers like Your Home Care then palliative care at home can be impossible for many families.

We offer a compassionate and caring home palliative care service with minimal disruption to the family. Utilising our services, families have comfort in knowing their loved one is receiving the best of care within the security and comfort of their familiar surroundings which is where they would prefer to be.

Having individual choice and an ability to implement an appropriate end-of-life care are of paramount importance for families.  Our patients or their families can decide upon their personal preferences and Your Home Care staff can provide the support the family needs to accommodate these. We can provide numerous different services to support families according to their needs including personal care, relief care, pain management, medication management and meal preparation. Sometimes, just some good old-fashion company and a little assistance to get through the day is required with someone calling in to check on the person in our care.

It is a highly emotional time for families and often they require not only the physical support but also the emotional, social and spiritual support for both themselves as well as their loved one.

In a not so recent survey of palliative care patients, they mentioned these particular needs: “being recognised as a person,” “having a choice and being in control,” “being connected to family and the world outside,” “being spiritually connected,” and “physical comfort.”

Palliative care can start at any time, and at any stage of your illness, even as soon as you receive a diagnosis and begin treatment. You don’t have to wait until your disease has reached an advanced stage or when you’re in the final months of life. In fact, the earlier you start palliative care, the better the outcome is often possible. Anxiety, depression, fatigue, and pain can set in at the beginning of treatment. We understand the stresses that you and your family face and can help you to cope.

 

 

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