What is palliative care?
Palliative care is helping with a treatment and supporting people with chronic or long lasting diseases such as cancer, AIDS, cardiovascular or respiratory disease, diabetes and other life-threatening or terminal illnesses. It is an approach that improves the quality of life and aims to keep a person comfortable and respectable during the illness, while being supported by other health care professionals, such as GPs, independent charities and nurses. This type of care focuses on improving the quality of life for the customer and their loved ones. When compared to the end of life care, palliative care is not necessarily delivered at the end of one's life and serves people of all ages.
While some receive palliative care at an inpatient hospice or residential nursing home, it is becoming an increasingly popular choice to get access to palliative care at home. Many people are choosing to access palliative care at home, as they wish to remain in an environment where they feel most comfortable. This is often referred to as “hospice care at home” and Audley Care teams are highly qualified in providing such care.
Note: Palliative care is most effective when considered early in the course of an illness. An earlier delivery of palliative care may reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and the use of health services.
What to expect from palliative care at home?
Everyone is entitled to high-quality palliative care, ensuring the best possible quality of life and tailored to individual needs and requirements. An involved carer will often stay longer to chat, help around the house or offer comfort on challenging days and assist with shopping or meal preparation.
At Audley Care, palliative care at home can involve:
- Personal care and assisted living such as assistance with bathing, dressing and toileting
- Assisted living through housekeeping duties such as vacuuming, dusting, changing beds or doing the laundry
- Preparing meals to your tastes, and washing up afterwards
- Running errands to collect prescriptions or food shopping
- Companionship and supporting your independent living at home
- Support with pain management
- Continence care, whether it is changing continence pads or managing a stoma or catheter
- Medication support including prompts or administering medication, even the more complex prescriptions
- Caring for your pet including feeding and walking
Is end of life care different to palliative care?
End of life care is often interchanged with the term palliative care, but end of life care extends beyond the practical management of symptoms.
This type of care consists of assisting people in the final months or years of their life and usually includes treatment. At some point, many of us may require end of life care. For many, the gradual onset of frailty will be predictable and slow, for others more rapid and unexpected.
Many care companies may avoid taking on fast-track packages, due to the fact that time is usually extremely limited for the person who is due to be released from hospital. At Audley Care our teams are ready to take on most of the incoming inquiries, ensuring that more people get to spend their last precious days at home.
If you would like to find out more about palliative or end of life care we can provide, please contact our care team.
Palliative care | End-of-life care standards
At Audley Care we support the Royal College of Nursing’s guidance on Palliative care | End-of-life care and have adopted the following standards:
- We involve the customer in all decisions related to their care;
- We ensure the comfort of our customer at all times and review care plans regularly;
- We provide 24-hour support options and supply both our customers and their families with detailed information on the treatment plan;
- We comfort our customer and reassure them of our Carers commitment and qualifications to provide end of life care;
- We offer rehabilitative support wherever possible to extend life satisfaction for our customers and offer bereavement support to families facing a loss.
Rest assured, any carer involved will always treat you with dignity and respect.
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