Frequently Asked Questions
What is palliative care at home?
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a terminal condition, palliative care at home is a type of holistic specialised care that aims to make you or your loved one feel supported and comfortable by providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness.
Home based palliative care offers physical, emotional and psychological support in the comfort of your own home at any point after a terminal diagnosis. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and their family through early identification, correct assessment and treatment as well as any other problems.
When should someone be offered palliative care at home?
Palliative home care services are appropriate for any age group and at any stage in a serious illness. Early delivery of palliative care at home can reduce unnecessary hospital admissions making it far more efficient and safe.
Individuals can choose to opt for palliative home care at any point after a terminal diagnosis as it includes a range of services delivered by professionals, including physicians, nurses, support workers, paramedics, pharmacists, physiotherapists and volunteers.
Support is not only offered to the patient but emotional and practical care is offered to the patient’s loved ones as well.
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with a terminal condition and feel like home based palliative care is the right choice for you, feel free to contact us today about our services.
What can you expect from palliative care at home?
If you or a loved one are living with a terminal condition, you will typically have treatment and care which focuses on:
- Managing any symptoms of the illness.
- Offering social, spiritual, psychological, physical and emotional support for both the patient and family or friends.
- Improving your quality of life.
At Arbour Care, we focus on fulfilling your wishes and preferences when it comes to working with you to plan your care. We support your family members or whomever is important to you to ensure everybody feels cared for and satisfied.
Our dedicated carers will constantly try to go the extra mile, whether that involves taking you to visit your loved ones or becoming a trusted companion to share moments with. Call 01932 901444 today if you’re searching for palliative home care services that revolve around respect, patience and professionalism.
How long does palliative care last?
Although palliative care at home includes caring for people who are nearing the end of life — thus sometimes being referred to as end of life care — the two are not the same. Palliative home care services are more broad and can last for much longer.
Being offered palliative care at home doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re likely to die soon — some people have home based palliative care for years on end.
End of life care usually focuses on people who are thought to be in the last year of their life, making sure they’re as comfortable as possible in the time they have left. However, with palliative home care, there is no set time. You can simply opt for palliative care at home from the moment you are diagnosed with a terminal illness and can stay in that situation indefinitely.
At Arbour Companions and Care, we tailor every aspect of our care to your individual needs. To find out more about our high quality care, feel free to call 01932 901444 today.