Palliative care is specialist care for people living with serious or terminal illness. It differs slightly from end of life care in the sense that it is designed for people with conditions that are more long-term. Palliative care focuses on providing support and comfort, as well as relieving painful symptoms and reducing stress, whereas end-of-life care is specifically for those who are approaching their final months or weeks.
Historically, people have moved to a residential care home when the need for palliative care arises, but nowadays more and more people are choosing to be cared for at home. One of the main reasons for this shift in preference is the fact that home is actually a great place to receive palliative care. You get to stay in a familiar, comfortable environment, close to your support network and with everything set up as you like it. Another reason is that home care gives you more flexibility over the level and frequency of support you receive. It may be that you initially only need visiting care a few times a week to help with things like housework, medication, shopping and personal care. However, as your condition progresses, you may find you require visits several times a day, or even round-the-clock live-in care. At Helping Hands, we’re able to tailor a package of care to your specific requirements, ensuring you’re always receiving the right level of support.
End-of-life care is a type of care that helps people live the last few weeks of their life with as much comfort, dignity and contentment as possible. Our end-of-life care focuses on providing a very high level of physical comfort, emotional support and practical help that gives your loved one the opportunity to spend as much time with friends and family as possible before the end comes.
Our Solihull care team of empathetic, dedicated carers who are fully trained to meet all of your loved one’s needs in the final months, weeks and days of their life whilst allowing them to stay in the place where they feel most safe and secure: their own home. Knowing a loved one is at home and being looked after by someone who they can trust and who will be able to notice a change in their condition immediately can give peace of mind to families.
As your loved one’s condition deteriorates, small things such as a familiar view or a personal memento can make a big difference to their emotional and mental wellbeing. At Helping Hands, we’ve got over 30 years’ experience in providing empathetic, expert palliative home care that allows your loved one to spend their final days in the comforting surroundings of their home environment. Our carers receive expert training that gives them a thorough understanding and working knowledge of palliative care. We also enrol a number of our carers on specialist palliative and end-of-life care training programmes to ensure they’re able to deliver an exceptionally high level of care. In addition, to provide you with peace of mind about our impeccable standards of care, we’re fully regulated by the Care Quality Commission and the Care Inspectorate Wales.
If you’d like to discuss your or your loved one’s palliative care requirements or would simply like more information about what palliative care involves, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly care team. Alternatively, you can get in touch via our website and arrange a call back.