End-of-life care at home:
Being there and being kind

If you or a family member require end-of-life care it can be extremely difficult to know what steps to take. It’s a time when emotions run very high, and so the support that can be given by a professional is invaluable. During this time, home care can be extremely beneficial. Not only will you receive the medical support you could need, but also emotional care and support, enabling difficult conversations and allowing you to make decisions independently.

What is

End-of-life care is a type of care that is designed to help those who are approaching the end of their lives. With medical support, emotional support, and help with the family and planning, end-of life-care can ensure that this difficult process is as manageable as it can be. This type of care is available to anyone who is struggling in this situation and can cover conditions such as:

Is there a difference between

People are often unsure about the difference between palliative care and end-of-life care. Palliative care can be given throughout a person’s journey with a severe health condition. They can receive palliative care whilst still receiving treatment and planning for recovery. End-of-life care is a type of palliative care that is used when someone is close to the end of their life. Treating the condition has usually ceased at this point, and the focus is on decreasing pain and making the person feel comfortable.

Who provides

End-of-life care will be provided by an experienced, compassionate care worker. In this difficult situation, the care workers will be resilient, kind, and respectful, supporting you through your last days with tact. If medical care is needed, then a registered nurse will be able to administer care if the situation calls for it. The care workers will prioritise involving your family and support circle during this time, allowing you to enjoy time with your loved ones. Hospice care is another option, allowing you to receive the care you need within a specialist setting rather than within your own home.

When would I need to organise end-of-life care?

This type of care can be given anywhere from the last few days to roughly a year before the end of someone’s life. The decision is up to you. When you begin feeling like you need extra support, either to take care of the household chores, receive extra medical support, or for companionship, that’s when to request end-of-life care.

What can your care

During end-of-life care, a care worker will be able to help and support you with anything you need. Extra care will be taken during this time, ensuring you are comfortable and accounting for the fact that you may be in pain. We take note of the small details, developing a detailed, personal care plan that is tailored to your needs. End-of-life care is designed around prioritising your comfort and dealing with the situation sensitively. We will help you to plan ahead, ensuring you have control over the end of your life and can make decisions about what you would like to happen after death. We can even help you with the process of naming a lasting power of attorney, if this is one of your wishes.

Here at Verilife, our tactful, sensitive care workers will support you through the end-of-life stage with compassion. We can provide high-quality care for anything you could need. To discuss requirements for yourself or a loved one, email Verilife at hello@verilife.co.uk or call 020 3141 9290.

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