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What's Included In Palliative Home Care?

SIX ESSENTIAL TYPES OF CARE

When providing end of life care within the confines of a patient’s home, we are principally looking to provide six essential types of care. Whilst all our end of life care plans are unique and personal to the patient, the framework for providing care is based on these essential pillars and ensures that our care workers provide the expert level of palliative home care that is expected during what is a particularly difficult time.

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Our Essential Care Services For Palliative Home Care

Preserving Dignity First and foremost, all our live in care is based on ensuring patient dignity remains intact. Our care workers respect the patient, promote self-respect, and respect patient privacy. We strive for patient autonomy as much as possible, which involves the freedom of choice and maintaining as much independence as the patient can manage. We believe that when the patient doesn’t feel restricted by their circumstance, we help them to feel empowered and proud. Ultimately we believe that dignity comes from being treated on a human level, rather than just as a patient. This is why communication is such a big factor in the live in care we provide. Through talking about and explaining the care we provide we hope to make the patient feel more in control of the care they receive. Keeping Family Updated As much as family members would love to be around their loved one during this time, and might offer their time and services to support the care we provide, we understand that they simply cannot be around 24/7. This shouldn’t mean that they are not kept up to date with their loved one’s condition. Our care workers work with the family to ensure that the most favoured method of contact is used, on a schedule that is most preferred, with updates that they want to receive. Ensuring Medication Is Taken On Time Pain is one of the most important symptoms to address within palliative care. It is suggested that up to two-thirds of patients with cancer experience pain severe enough to require a strong opioid. Pain management in palliative care is primarily focussed on the control of pain through correct administering of medication at the right time. As time progresses the needs of the patient can change and our care workers are equipped with the knowledge to reassess pain levels and will also communicate with other healthcare professionals to update the medication schedule. Patient comfort during this time is the most important thing. Taking Care Of Routine Household Tasks Our care workers are not just there to ensure the patient has a comfortable transition, they are there to ensure that the environment being lived in remains pleasant, hygienic, and as familiar as possible. Tasks that our care workers will undertake around the home include cooking, cleaning, shopping, errands, washing, and making arrangements for bills, appointments and maintenance. Regular Review Of Care Needs Pain management is a big part of end of life live in care, but during the course of an illness, the patient can experience different stages which require different care needs. Our care workers are on hand to ensure these are managed effectively and comfortably according to the wishes of the patient. Our care workers will regularly review the preferred care setting, physical symptoms and discomfort, psychological needs, social needs, and also the needs of the family. Liaising With Medical & Healthcare Professionals It is vitally important that two way communication is established between the carer and the medical and healthcare professionals. Both can provide key information to the other to help make end of life care much more manageable and comfortable. Care workers should inform medical professionals of significant changes to the patient, whilst health workers can provide information and advice on what to expect during the different stages of the patient’s illness. Find out more about our Palliative and End of Life Live-In Home Care services.

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    Six Essential Types Of Care

    • Preserving Dignity
    • Keeping Family Updated
    • Ensuring Medication Is Taken On Time
    • Taking Care Of Routine Household Tasks
    • Regular Review Of Care Needs
    • Liaising With Medical & Healthcare Professionals
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    How to Talk About Needing Care

    Deciding what sort of care is best for our loved ones can be quite difficult, and often beset with a lot of anxiety on our part. Broaching the subject of care with your family can be challenging but we've put together a guide on how to make that easier. Download our guide for How to Talk to Mum and Dad About Needing Care below.

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    Preserving Dignity with Palliative Care

    Every human life should be treated with dignity and valued even after death. Learn more about how our care workers ensure that dignity is maintained in a respectful and comfortable manner.

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    My family can’t thank Promedica24 enough for the professional care and support they gave us

    My family can’t thank Promedica24 enough for the professional care and support they gave us while caring for mum for the last 11 months. All the Care Workers we had in this time cared for mum extremely well with dignity, they became one of the family.

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