Knowing that someone only has a short time to live is hard to deal with, but the right end of life care can help everyone through what can be a tough time for patients and their families…
End of life care is about caring for people who have an advanced, progressive and incurable illness so they can live as well as possible until they die. There is no easy way to approach the subject, but making those final months, weeks and days as comfortable as possible helps everyone cope and plan ahead.
So a well-structured end of life care package is about providing support that meets the needs of both the person who is dying and the people close to them. Side by Side Care completes a thorough assessment of a service user’s needs, and always involves loved ones so that they are kept well informed about what is involved, how, and when.
Managing the symptoms
End of life care has a strong focus on managing symptoms to keep a person comfortable, helping them to adapt to the unavoidable changes in lifestyle, and to cope with the emotional impact of their illness. At Side by Side Care, we offer true compassionate and supportive care for the patient and their family.
Also important is that patients receive the same care team who work very closely with other clinical professionals in meeting a patient’s needs. This should ensure that patients are comfortable and that their wishes and preferences are upheld.
What is palliative care?
Palliative care is another term for end of life care, for people where a cure is usually not possible. It can be for people diagnosed with terminal cancer, or indeed any condition that doctors have deemed terminal. It covers a range of very complex illnesses, and the care package developed for the person who is terminally ill aims to treat them and help them to manage any pain.
Hopefully, end of life (or palliative) care improves a patient’s quality of life in the final year, and it often combines psychological aspects of care. This is important for a person’s overall well-being, and also the loved ones around them.
End of life care doesn’t postpone death but it does give comfort, relief from discomfort and a way for everyone involved to come to terms with the dying process.
If you’d like to know more about how Side by Side Care can help make those precious final months more comfortable, please call us for a chat: 01270-627755.
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