Palliative care is for people living with a terminal illness where a cure is no longer possible and who are in the last weeks, months or years of their life. End of life care aims to allow people to live as well as possible and to pass away with dignity. A Carer will endeavour to take the client’s wishes into consideration when designing an appropriate care plan and will also support the client’s family and other people who are important to the client during this time.
How home palliative care can help
Many terminally ill patients wish to spend their final few weeks or months in their own home and home carers enable this to happen. Your loved one can receive end of life care at home with a care plan tailored to their needs and preferences. If you decide to get a full-time carer they may assist your loved one with medications and will be present with them throughout the end of their life.
End of life care aims to make your loved one as comfortable as possible by managing pain and other distressing symptoms. This is a holistic approach, providing physical, psychological, social, and spiritual support for your loved one, your family, and their carers. Additional palliative care can be provided by consultants trained in palliative medicine, specialist palliative care nurses or specialist palliative occupational therapists and physiotherapists, with whom our carers will work alongside at all times.
Starlight Healthcare will connect you with carers who have palliative care expertise, who have worked with terminally ill clients, in hospices, and with palliative care professionals. The carers work to maintain client comfort and dignity throughout these latter stages of life. We will also work to find a carer to meet your loved one’s particular needs as well as their personality.