What is palliative care at home?
Palliative care at home involves supporting people with a life-limiting illness to live well at home.
A palliative care plan is person-centred, meaning it considers the whole person to ensure they enjoy a good quality of life as their illness progresses. Each palliative care plan is personalised and usually involves one or more of the following:
• Managing physical symptoms of pain
• Administering medication
• Your personal care needs including personal hygiene, dressing, meal preparation and eating
• Keeping socially active by accompanying your shopping, to appointments or simply going out for a stroll
• Understanding your emotions and the reaction of others
A carefully considered palliative care at home plan should always promote independence and wellbeing and should be regularly reviewed to make sure your care needs are being met.
What are the options for palliative care at home?
There are quite a few options when it comes to palliative care at home. You can choose from regular home visits at specific times of day or night. Visits range from 30 minute visits once a week to several times a day or overnight care.
During a care visit, a carer will provide support in accordance with an individual’s person-centre care plan. This could include one of more of the following - personal care, medication support, meal preparation home help or companionship care.
What is the difference between palliative care and end of life care?
Most people would have heard of the terms end of life care and palliative care, but it’s easy to confuse the two.
For a start, palliative care is often misunderstood to be end of life, when for many people it involves living well with a life-limiting illness. It could be that, with the right support, a person lives well with a palliative condition for many years.
End of life care, on the other hand, involves treatment, care and support for people nearing the end of their life. It is an important part of palliative care but involves different care needs.
Where palliative care focuses on living well every day, end of life care helps a person live as comfortably and well as possible in the time that they have left. As with palliative care, end of life care at home often involves close communication with family and friends.
What makes a good palliative carer?
Aside from being suitably trained and experienced, there are many attributes that make up a good palliative carer.
Having an understanding and an appreciation for the client’s daily challenges – both physical and emotional – is important. Any life-limiting illness comes with its ups and downs and your carer will understand this – their job is to help you have more ups than downs.
A good palliative carer takes the time to understand your concerns and will make sure that your care needs are being met and supporting you to live well at home.
Compassionate and caring are equally important traits, as is humour and companionship. That’s why Nayland Care always matches you with a carer who you can have confidence in and who we know you’ll like.
Can you have palliative care at home?
Absolutely. Nayland Care helps many people with a life-limiting illness to live well at home. Palliative care at home enables you to stay in the place where you feel the most comfortable. With the support of an expertly trained compassionate carer, you can receive palliative support at home.
Whether you’re looking for respite visits, daily care, or intermittent visits, palliative care at home is possible. Home carers support you with personal care, symptom management, medication, meal preparation and companionship.
Home care visits range from 30 minutes up to an entire day depending on how much care you need and wish to have. You can also arrange palliative care visits for several times during the day.