When choosing palliative care services for your loved one, you may need to choose between companion care and personal care. Because of this, it’s helpful to know the difference between the two services. With a home care companion, duties typically include activities such as doing laundry, making meals, and assisting with errands. However, this type of care does not include physical assistance with activities like dressing, bathing, or toileting.
Personal care covers the basic care duties of companion caregiving, while also providing physical assistance to clients. Personal care services can also include non-medical assistance for chronic health conditions, like diabetes or Parkinson’s.
Two thirds of people would like to spend their final hours at home. Palliative care can make this possible and there are several options to consider. These include:
Looking after a loved one is incredibly rewarding, but we all need a break to look after ourselves. That’s why we offer respite care to support you and your family to have regular breaks away from the home. We can come in daily or weekly to take a little pressure off you.
Many of our clients with life-limiting conditions appreciate help from our palliative Care Workers with day-to-day tasks. This could range from personal support like bathing, washing and meal preparation to household chores and running errands. We are always ready to help.
Looking after a loved one is incredibly rewarding, but we all need a break to look after ourselves. That’s why we offer respite care to support you and your family to have regular breaks away from the home. We can come in daily or weekly to atke a little pressure off you.
Staying at home
Most people want to spend their remaining days in the comfort of their own home. Palliative home care is one of the best ways to do this. Our services enable people to spend their final days surrounded by loved ones with privacy and respect.
Our clients appreciate being able to remain at home in a familiar environment surrounded by happy memories and their favourite things. Palliative care at home offers peace of mind.
Another benefit of Palliative Care is that it can vary according to need. It can begin with modest care always delivered with dignity and respect and increase if needed as time goes on. This could mean clients are able to remain at home, without the need to go to a hospice or hospital.
Facing a terminal illness is already difficult and moving away from home can sometimes make it even harder. That’s why our clients find receiving palliative care at home helps to maintain some normality and family and friends can visit without having to stick to specific visiting times.
Palliative care at home can mean continuity of care too with a dedicated team of carers assigned to clients so they get to know them and their preferences.
Palliative care at home is not appropriate for everyone. Each person’s health needs are different and going to a hospital or a hospice may be unavoidable and the best place for someone with acute medical needs. We always work with families and relevant health professionals.
Palliative Care at home is specialist domiciliary care designed for people dealing with a life-limiting illness. The primary aim of this support is to make you or your loved one feel as comfortable as possible in those final days. This involves managing pain or any symptoms. It can also include psychological and emotional support, such as providing company or a friendly face.