Palliative care is a dedicated branch of care that is normally reserved for people with a serious or terminal illness. Depending on the severity of the person’s condition and the rate at which it progresses, palliative care can sometimes last for several years and can be adapted to be continuously suitable to a changing condition. When you or a loved one receive a terminal diagnosis, it can be a physically and emotionally draining period for everyone concerned. Terminal illnesses such as types of dementia and advanced cancer come with unpleasant, painful symptoms that can make it difficult to cope with many aspects of day-to-day life. Palliative care is designed to manage those symptoms through pain relief, physical support and stress reduction, as well as provide emotional support and reassurance for both you and your loved ones.
Palliative care can be received at home, in a residential nursing home or in a hospice. At Helping Hands, we believe that receiving care at home is always the best option. There’s a lot to be said for being able to stay in a place where you can enjoy much-loved artwork, possessions with a fond back story, familiar views, people you love and everything else that makes your home so special. Staying at home for palliative care means you have more control over your care – you’ll be able to work with us to design your own package of care that meets your particular needs, you can pick which meals you’d like to eat and when you’d like to eat them, you can see friends and family on a more regular basis, and you’ll receive dedicated one-to-one support whenever you want it.
End of life care differs slightly from palliative care in that it is designed for people who are in the very final stages of life. If your loved one only has a few weeks to live, the number one thing you want is to know that they’re receiving the very best care and support possible. They’ll have painful symptoms and medical needs that will need addressing, and they will require a higher level of physical support – both around the house and personally – than previously. The ultimate focus of end-of-life care is to ensure your loved one is able to spend their last few weeks in dignity, comfort and peacefulness. At Helping Hands, our brilliant team of compassionate carers completely understand how emotional this period of time can be for all the family. Whether your loved one needs 24-hour care or someone visiting several times a day, we do our utmost to make sure your loved one is given dignified, stress-free end-of-life care that is completely centred around their needs.
At Helping Hands, we’ve been helping people to feel independent and supported in their own homes since 1989. With over 30 years of experience and expertise, we’re brilliantly placed to provide you or your loved one with a palliative care service that gives you the best possible quality of life while allowing you to remain in the home where you feel comfortable and at ease. Our wonderful team of kind, compassionate carers can come to your home in Islington or the surrounding areas as little or often as you need, and we can even offer you a live-in carer for 24-hour care should you require it. All of our carers are recruited for their dedication and their empathetic approach to their profession, and undergo thorough background checks and training. And, for added peace of mind, we’re fully regulated by the Care Quality Commission and the Care Inspectorate Wales, so you know that we’ll be providing a very high standard of care day in, day out.
To find out more about how we can support you or a loved one’s independence and comfort through palliative care in Islington and the surrounding area, please contact our friendly customer care team on 0333 222 8231. Alternatively, you can arrange a callback through the Contact Us button on our website.