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Types of palliative care

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Understand the options for palliative care

Whether you’re seeking end of life care for a loved one, or you’re managing an end of life care case, there are a number of types of palliative care available.

There are four main options available to people looking for end of life care:

  • Palliative care in hospitals
  • Residential palliative nursing in a care home or hospice
  • Day care at a hospice
  • Palliative home care

With all of these forms of care, the individual will receive pain and symptom management, and emotional support. The environments differ quite significantly, however.

Hospital palliative nursing

This is a form of palliative care that’s often delivered over a short-term period and by specialist care teams or a single nurse – depending on the case.

Palliative care teams in hospitals will monitor discharge plans and arrange for individuals to be transferred to receive palliative care in hospices, care homes or in their own home.

Palliative care in a care home

For those who already live in a care home, remaining there to receive end of life care is a more comfortable option than having to move to a hospital ward. It’s widely considered to be a calmer environment in which to receive the medical support required.

Not all residential care homes can provide palliative care, though – only those with specially trained staff.

Hospice day care

Hospices are similar to residential care homes in some ways. They deliver palliative nursing and rehabilitation, but people don’t have to reside there permanently – they can attend for the day then return home.

Palliative care at home

Palliative home care enables individuals to remain in their own homes to receive end-of-life care.

Carers, specially trained in palliative nursing, will move into the home of the person they’re responsible for looking after to provide round-the-clock support. It’s also referred to as hospice at home.

A trained palliative carer can also pay home visits at arranged times of the day and even overnight. Home care visits can be used to provide breaks for family members or other carers, or to assist with personal care or continence care, for example.

If you’re looking for palliative care at home, contact Helping Hands today to see how we can support your family.

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