Understanding Palliative Care
Palliative care includes the treatment of pain and other symptoms, and addresses (where possible) the psychological, social, financial and spiritual concerns of seniors and families.
It helps those who are facing conditions such as advanced stage cancer or chronic end-stage conditions.
Types of Palliative Care
Happens when the goal is no longer to treat and recover, but rather, to ensure the quality of life for the individual. This form of care is usually delivered during the final months with the aim of supporting the individual to feel as comfortable as possible and live their final days to the fullest.
Palliative care focuses on the person rather than the condition and aims to ensure optimum quality of life for those living with an advanced non-curative condition.
Components of Palliative Care
Palliative care can help to alleviate the physical symptoms of illnesses to provide greater comfort for a person recovering or in their final days.
It focuses on the relief of pain and symptoms related to the medical condition(s) and any side effects stemming from the treatment.
For example, medication may be used for pain relief and to mitigate any discomfort caused by treatments, such as nausea.
Being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness is a difficult transition for anyone.
From accepting the diagnosis to receiving treatment and battling the disease, the emotional and mental toll on both the individual and their families can be tremendous, especially in the long run.
Having a strong support system in place becomes vital for the patient and their families.
Spiritual care does not always mean religion and faith. Instead, it could also be bringing hope, acceptance or reconciliation as the individual approaches the end of life.
We aim to help lead the individual to think about their lives in new ways and live their days to the fullest.
Supporting a Loved One in Palliative Care
Palliative care works hand-in-hand with you. It supports and empowers you in your caregiving journey.
Palliative care can help prepare and walk you through the process of what is to come. It can provide suggestions on how you can continue to care for your loved one at any stage of their condition.
You should also take care of yourself to prevent exhaustion and burnouts during this journey.
Supporting you across your Palliative Care Journey
- Bathing and/or assisted bathing
- Changing of clothes, undergarments, continence aids and any soiled sheets
- Brushing of teeth and cleaning of dentures
Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
- Lifting, transferring and positioning of senior
- Assisting in light housekeeping and laundry if the senior’s caregiver is unable to do so due to physical or cognitive disability
- Simple errands such as grocery shopping etc.
- Qualified and trained nurse to assist in wound dressing, medication administration, managing of pressure ulcers and pain management
- Providing support for caregivers by recommending advance care planning solutions
Respite Care at Home
- Assisting and helping your loved one to stay in the comfort and safety of their own home if caregivers need a break or emergency relief
- Able to support short or long term (24/7 for an extended period of time) assistance at home
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