Palliative Care

Because being at home is where most of us feel most comfortable and secure

When facing a life-threatening illness, palliative care can provide a vital lifeline of support for clients and their families.

At Greenwood Homecare, our palliative support is designed to aid in the prevention and relief of pain and suffering, enabling our clients to consistently achieve the best possible quality of life.

Our carers provide dedicated, holistic assistance for clients during this difficult and challenging time. Using skills gained from many years of experience, they can tailor their support to the individual’s needs, providing assistance with medication regulation, personal care and hygiene, physical support, companionship, or help with domestic tasks such as laundry and meal preparation.

By sharing the responsibility of care, this also provides a key support for the client’s family and carers, who can enjoy well-earned respite and peace of mind, knowing that their loved ones are in capable hands.

More About Palliative Care

Palliative care is a specialised type of care that provides relief from the symptoms and stress of a terminal illness. Far from just medicating and keeping patients fed and hydrated, It is a holistic approach that can really improve the quality of life for both the patient and their family.

In this guide, we will explore what palliative care is, who could benefit from it, and how Greenwood Homecare could help you or a loved one benefit from palliative care at home.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is a multidisciplinary approach to patient care that optimises the quality of life of patients facing serious illnesses or incurable illnesses.

Unlike curative care, which focuses on the treatment of the illness, palliative care addresses symptoms and stresses caused by the illness by providing practical help and support.

The end goal is to enhance the person’s comfort and well-being, by taking care of the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of end of life care.

Palliative care teams can be deployed at any stage of a serious illness and is not limited to end-of-life situations, however.

It involves managing symptoms, addressing the psychological and social aspects of the illness, and helping patients and their families with practical and emotional support.

Is Palliative Care for End-of-Life Patients Only?

As mentioned, while palliative care is often associated with end-of-life care, it is not exclusively for those in the final stages of their illnesses.

Palliative care can be put in place at the time of diagnosis and it can continue alongside other treatments.

Palliative carers provide support and comfort to patients and their family. Palliative carers can be vital in helping patients and loved ones to navigate the physical and emotional challenges that serious illness brings.

What Illnesses is Palliative Care For?

Palliative care is given to individuals facing serious illnesses. These can include:

Cancer

Heart failure

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Dementia

Other life-limiting conditions.

A range of symptoms can be managed with palliative care, including pain, fatigue, nausea, and emotional distress.

Palliative care is not restricted to a specific setting. While it can be provided in hospitals and hospices it can even be provided in the comfort of one’s home, as demonstrated by our team of expert palliative carers.

What Does Palliative Care at Home Involve?

Palliative care at home, sometimes known as domiciliary care can be provided by an homecare agency, such as Greenwood Homecare.

Homecare agencies provide a range of services specifically tailored to meet the needs of those who require palliative care. Care may include:

One live in carer, or palliative care teams

Assistance with daily living such as toileting and feeding in their own home

Medication management to relieve suffering caused by physical symptoms

Emotional assistance for those suffering an incurable illness

Coordination with other healthcare professionals

Companionship to improve quality of life

Dealing with needs that vary depending on the progressional of a condition

Here at Greenwood Homecare, we have trained carers who are trained to provide compassionate and personalised care. This can contribute to the overall quality of life of palliative patients while they remain in their home environment.

Let us help arrange homecare to suit you

If you would like to arrange care for a loved one, and do not want to use a district nurse, social care professionals with little experience, or send your loved one to a hospice or care home run by the local council, there is another option.

Greenwood Homecare can help you meet your loved one’s emotional support needs, as well as their medical needs. Providing you with your own carer is easier than you think.

We are truly grateful to Greenwoods for their amazing care and compassion

D B

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Jane Smith

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Types of personal care

Our personal care plans are flexible to meet your needs, whether that’s a drop-in visit a few times a week or 24/7 live-in care. When discussing your care plan with you, we will take the time to understand your unique circumstances and the type of care that is right for you.

Visiting care involves your carer popping by for as little as half an hour. This type of care is helpful if you need assistance with specific activities or simply the peace of mind that someone is checking in. Longer visits can also be arranged if you require support throughout the day.

Night care ensures that you or a loved one can access the support you need overnight. A night carer can help with continence management, preventing falls or assisting with medication. They can also support with morning or nighttime routines.

If you or a loved one requires round-the-clock support, live-in care offers an alternative to care homes that puts the comfort and independence of the individual first. A live-in carer can be on hand whenever support is needed, providing assistance and companionship.

If your loved one is living with Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, they may have complex care and emotional needs. Our highly trained carers are experienced in supporting people with the unique challenges of Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, putting the safety, comfort and dignity of the individual first.

If you or a loved one is recovering from a fall, illness or operation, you may need reablement care while you get back on your feet. Our carers can help with medical needs and staying on top of things around the house. They also offer support and encouragement to build confidence and help you feel like yourself again.

Respite care allows carers to take a break, preventing carer burnout and offering variation to the person in their care. Respite care can be arranged for a day at a time or for several weeks.

Carers that care as much as you do

We know how difficult it can be to make decisions about care for a loved one. That’s why we are committed to hiring dedicated, empathetic carers who can make a real difference to the lives of the people they support. Our carers don’t simply provide assistance, but will support and empower your loved one to live as independently as possible.

From building your care plan, to each care visit, we take the time to understand your needs and ensure we are providing the very best care. Our friendly and dependable team are here to answer any questions you may have and are flexible to adapt your care plan as your needs change.

Get in touch with us today to find out how we can support you.

FAQs

One of the biggest benefits of choosing palliative care at home is that it provides the care a person needs in the comfort of their own familiar surroundings.

Patients are surrounded by their own belongings, and family and friends can visit at any time, to keep the patient company.

Having palliative care at home gives the ultimate flexibility to a care plan. Homecare allows patients to manage their own symptoms when possible, but have someone on hand to provide care when they need it.

With options for live in palliative care available, you can have someone on hand should the person need to go into hospital due to a decline in their health.

Alternatively, if they are feeling well enough, a carer can take them out into the community to enjoy their favourite activities and support them while they do so.

The aim is to ensure a good quality of life, not just look at people living with a terminal illness as beyond hope or laughter.

In fact, there are several studies that show the benefit of being able to access people’s usual community experiences.

Not only can palliative care professionals assist with health concerns of their patients, a carer can also provide support with emotional suffering.

When facing serious illness and/or death in their near future a person may treat those closest to them kindly, not wanting to burden them with the pain, worry and emotional distress that comes with a terminal diagnosis.

A carer is someone outside of the family who can keep professional at what can be a trying time. A carer can become a confidante to discuss the harder parts of serious illness, other than those they may wish to discuss with a doctor or their nurses.

In essence, managing the health of a palliative care, including the pain is only one part of this type of service. Quality care means treating patients with deference where possible, and allowing them to take control of their own health decisions.

Giving someone autonomy over their own care can help them feel in control of their life.

Not only can Greenwood Homecare provide care at home for those facing an uncertain future, they can also speak to medical professionals on the patient’s behalf to help optimise their treatment.

For example, if pain relief medication is not effective, the carer can speak to the medical professionals involved in the patient’s care to ensure that they can access other treatment options.

Specialists in palliative care will have undergone extensive training and therefore may be aware of options that you may not have considered when it comes to medication or treatment.

This does not mean a carer cannot cope with complex health needs, however. Whether it’s palliative nursing care for dementia you need, or you’re suffering with a complex health condition that requires specialist training to handle, nursing professionals are able to provide treatment and care without needing to be in a hospice environment.

If you’re worried about how to pay for palliative care services, you may be interested to learn that there are options open to you. Whether you’re worried about whether you have enough income to pay for your loved one’s care, or want to know about means tested funding options that could help you access care services for your loved one, Greenwood Homecare Can help.

If you provide details of income, we could help you plan ahead for the financial cost, so your loved one can receive palliative care at home without financial worry.

Here at Greenwood Homecare, we are ready and waiting to assist you in getting your loved one the palliative care they need. Why not get in touch to arrange the very best of care for your loved one at home, a great alternative to a care home.

Help whenever you need it

Personalised care to suit your schedule

Daytime visits

Daytime visits provide support for you from 30 minutes up to all day long. We’ll be on hand to support you in whatever way we can, whether it is helping you to get out of bed, supporting you with household chores, or simply popping over for a cup of tea for companionship.

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Overnight care

Overnight care provides relief for your family members, whether they want to get a good night’s rest or are away on holiday. Depending on your needs our carers can be awake throughout the night or on-call and able to assist when needed.

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24/7 Live-in care

Our live-in care services give you 24/7 support, providing a better alternative to a care home. Your carer will help you maintain your lifestyle and daily routine by catering to all your needs.

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We are indebted to them not just for the practicality of what they do but for taking away the stress from us

D W

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Robert Smith

Client

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Get in touch

Leave your details and we’ll contact you to answer any questions and schedule your care assessment at your convenience. Alternatively you can email hello@greenwoodhomecare.co.uk or call one of our offices:

Peterborough 01733 808531
Grantham 01476 849522
Cambridge 01223 850938

Home Assessment

We will agree a time to come and visit you in your own home. We will take the time to fully understand your care needs, and provide recommendations as to what type of care is required.

Care delivery

Once agreed, we will begin to deliver the care. Whether hourly, live-in, or night care, we will endeavour to deliver the best possible care.

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