Being diagnosed with a terminal illness can be difficult to come to terms with, for patients as well as their families.
A terminal illness is one that is incurable, which causes many people to lose hope upon hearing such a diagnosis. Although there may not be hope for recovery, there is still hope for acceptance, closure, and living out one’s final days in the best way possible.
End of life care is often referred to as palliative care. Palliative care is designed to bring comfort and peace to families in a time of confusion and suffering.
The goal is to help terminally ill patients spend time with loved ones, fulfill end of life goals, and to relieve painful symptoms of the disease.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people that are facing a life-limiting illness for which there is currently no cure.
These days, with medical and technological advancements, it is possible for people to live months and even years with a terminal illness.
Palliative care can help make that final period much less stressful and painful for everyone involved.
These services can even be administered in the comfort of home by a professional home care agency like Retire-At-Home.
Retire-At-Home KW is an excellent resource for those requiring assistance in the Kitchener – Waterloo – Cambridge area.
End of Life Care Services
There is an assortment of palliative care services available, depending on health care needs and patient preferences.
Some of the services that can be attained are:
- Symptom relief and pain management
- Monitoring health concerns and status
- Personal care
- Ongoing communication with family members
- Coordination with other health care professionals
- Home medical supplies and equipment
- Physical, emotional, and spiritual support
Symptom Relief and Pain Management
This may be the greatest benefit of end of life care for both the patient and family.
Terminally patients can continue living for months after a diagnosis, why live out the remaining days in pain and discomfort?
Retire-At-Home nurses can help with:
- Appetite loss
- Respiratory problems
Upon initial contact with Retire-At-Home, a free in-home assessment will be done to get a better picture of what is required and what services would be most beneficial.
A personalized care plan will then be created and reviewed regularly to make sure it continues to be effective.
A variety of personal care services are available to help with everyday living.
Nurses and caregivers can help with:
- Oral care
- Skin care
Communication with Family Members
Any family members that wish to be involved will have the opportunity to discuss their fears, concerns, and wishes. Gaining education about the illness can help provide an explanation and reduce confusion.
This helps with the healing process and living through a difficult situation.
Coordination with Other Health Care Professionals
Communicating with any other doctors or health care professionals involved in the case will provide a clearer overall picture and make sure there are no conflicting treatments.
Home Medical Supplies and Equipment
Retire-At-Home end of life care services are carried out in the home. In some cases, extra medical supplies will be need. Retire-At-Home will help organize necessary equipment from a reputable and affordable source.
Retire-At-Home caregivers and nurses will provide continual support for patients and their loved ones.
Physical support will be provided through pain management and personal care.
Emotional support will be available at all times for patients, as well as their families.
Spiritual support is also offered for anyone that desires it. Many people turn to spiritual assistance in times like these.