What is Palliative Care at Home

June 24, 2022

Home care is the preferred option for most people with a terminal illness. Remaining within the comforts of home alleviates a lot of stress that moving into assisted living programs often has on people in later stages of life. Providing home care relies on good community-based services, and a general practice workforce competent in palliative care practice and willing to accommodate patients’ needs.

Good palliative care can be delivered to patients at home supported by specialist palliative care teams and community nurses, with access to an inpatient facility when required. To optimize patient care, careful planning, and good communication between all members of the healthcare team are crucial.

Palliative care at home can be provided for:

  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Cancer
  • Dementia
  • Parkinson’s
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Chronic pain
  • Any life-limiting illness that can limit your quality of life and/or ability to do activities of daily living. ADLs or IADLs

Starting Early

Palliative Care is most effective when started at the very beginning of treatment for an illness or at medical diagnosis. In fact, recent studies have shown that beginning palliative care as early as possible in the course of a disease, improves outcomes for patients and can even lengthen their lives.

Palliative care is focused on improving the overall wellness of people with serious illnesses addressing both the symptoms and the stress of living with a chronic illness.

Careful Planning

Palliative care may be different for each patient. Here are some things that might be involved in the plan.

  •  learning more about the illness and its how it progresses
  • identifying and communicating practical and spiritual needs
  • offering aid to get through the feelings and changes related to illness
  • assisting in providing knowledge and information on treatment options, making treatment decisions, and coordinating care
  • alleviating symptoms, including side effects of treatment
  • identifying and accessing additional resources to provide support

It is not easy to have someone you love to be in a place where they require palliative care. In fact, it can be quite exhausting. You want to feel at ease and reduce the stress of the situation so things transition smoothly. When you choose a support team to be involved with the care of your loved one, you want to know with certainty that these caregivers are compassionate, caring, educated, experienced, and professional.

Promyse Home Care Palliative Care focuses on comfort and quality of life for loved ones and their family. It can be delivered at any stage of life to help people live longer, happier lives at home.

Our Nurse Care Managers will meet with you and your loved ones to determine initial needs and support. Services provided by our Nurse Case Managers are at no additional charge. We will always be there for you as time goes on and as needs change.

Our caregivers can assist your loved one, and your family with responsibilities such as household chores, meal planning and management, as well as respite services. We offer companionship and comfort while you take a much-needed break to the families in Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge.

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