If you or your loved one have an incurable illness, such as terminal cancer or advanced dementia, the Good Oaks Home Care team are here to make the rest of your life as comfortable as possible.
We provide live-in care, visiting care or respite care to support you, your family or your loved one at a time when they need it most. Contact us to find out more about our palliative home care services today.
What is palliative care at home?
Palliative care is a specialist type of care for those with very serious or terminal illnesses. It involves managing pain and discomfort, helping with day to day life, whether that be cooking, cleaning or helping you with mobility, and it also includes psychological and often spiritual care as you come to terms with your illness.
Palliative care at home is an ideal option for those that don’t want themselves or their loved ones to go into a care home or hospice. Whilst these are options, palliative home care allows you or your loved one to stay in the comfort of your own home, the place where you have created cherished memories, during what is a difficult and emotional time.
Our visiting and live-in carers come to your home and provide the palliative care you need. You can start palliative home care very early on in your diagnosis and receive care from the same carer for many years, which helps you to become comfortable with them and build a strong bond together.
What does palliative care at home include?
Palliative care at home includes everything that regular home care offers, with additional, specialist duties for those that require it. This holistic approach to care is designed to make those in need to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Duties include:
- Personal care – whether it be showering, bathing or getting dressed
- Help with mobility – from moving around the home to going out to the shops or to meet friends and family
- Housekeeping – domestic duties such as cleaning and cooking
- Companionship – for those that need social, psychological, emotional or spiritual support
- Running errands – if you find there are certain chores you can’t do any more, our carers can help
- Pet care – if you are finding it difficult to care for your pet, our carers can help with that responsibility
- Medication – our carers can manage, plan and administer medication where required
- Continence care – help using the toilet or managing stomas and catheters
- Pain management – helping to reduce your pain through medication and other therapies
When should someone be offered palliative care?
You can start palliative care at any time from the moment you have been diagnosed with a life threatening illness. This is where palliative care differs slightly from end of life care, as end of life care is usually offered when a person is thought to be within the final year of their life, and is sometimes offered even during the final days or hours of their life, whereas palliative care can be offered straight away after diagnosis.
How long does palliative care last?
Palliative care lasts as long as the person receiving the care needs it. It can start from the moment they are diagnosed, and can last many years, up until the point end-of-life care is required. This allows them to pursue treatment and live comfortably for as long as possible.
How to get palliative care at home
To get palliative care at home, you have a number of options. You can speak to your GP about palliative care and may be able to receive palliative care from NHS community nurses, but this is often just limited to pain relief and medication administration.
At Good Oaks Home Care, we provide reliable, private palliative home care from trained professionals who can go the extra mile for you or your loved one. All you need to do is find your local office, contact us and we can book in an initial assessment to help you decide on the level of care you need.
We can then provide either visiting or live in palliative care, depending on your needs. You care can start quickly, even within 24 hours if required, as our friendly, local carers are available to help now.
Do you pay for palliative care at home?
If you opt for private palliative care at home, then you will need to pay for your care. There are benefits which can help you to pay for your care, including Attendance Allowance, Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) and Council Tax exemptions. You can also receive local authority funding or NHS funding for your care if you qualify.
Start your palliative home care today
Contact our team to arrange a free consultation and we will work alongside you to find a palliative carer near you. We stay with you throughout every step of the journey, and find the right carer for your needs.
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