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Can palliative care be done at home?

Can palliative care be done at home?

When a person is diagnosed with a terminal illness, they often have to look to the future and make plans to ensure they continue to live with independence and dignity for as long as possible. 

One question many ask themselves is when they will need to move into a nursing home for continual care, believing that this is the only option available. 

But that is not the only option; with the right palliative care team and plan, you can continue living in your own home for as long as you choose.

What is the difference between palliative and end-of-life care? 

Palliative care is often confused with end of life care and is even used as a synonym. However, they are two very different forms of care. 

End of life care ensures someone’s comfort and dignity in their final days, whereas palliative care can begin up to twelve months before and focuses on making the most out of your time leading up to end of life care.

Can palliative care be done at home? 

Yes, it can. Four Oaks Healthcare provides palliative care at home services, where we will match an appropriate carer to live with you and create an in-depth yet flexible care plan to ensure all of your needs are met physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, and that you continue to enjoy independence and high quality of life for as long as possible. 

There are many benefits to taking this route, including:

  •  Better relationships with family and friends

Often, family and friends choose to take on palliative care responsibilities so that their loved ones can stay living in their own homes. Sadly, this can drastically change the dynamic of relationships, and rather than enjoying time together, thoughts continuously turn back to care requirements. 

Palliative care at home ensures that a professional provides all medical care in the recipients home environment. They will also ensure that other care requirements, such as bathing, cooking and housekeeping, are taken care of where appropriate. 

This creates the opportunity for loved ones to spend quality time with the person receiving palliative care, building memories that they can carry with them for life.

  •  Ensuring the care receiver gets out and about

No one likes being stuck indoors, especially when time is so precious. So rather than staying in a nursing home and having people come to visit, a palliative care at home team will arrange for the care recipient to go wherever they want and see whomever they choose, whenever they wish. 

That means that you and your loved ones can make the most out of your good days.

  •  Continual, 24-hour palliative care

When someone resides in a nursing home, they have to share care with everybody else in the facility. With palliative care at home, you have one continuous carer at your disposal at all hours of the day and night. 

That means that you’re able to receive the best care possible and that there’s someone there to monitor any changes to your health and wellbeing, however slight, and can respond swiftly if needed.

These are just some of the benefits. We’d love to discuss more of them with you

If you’d like to know more about palliative care at home, we’d be happy to speak with you. Our services cover 50 cities within the UK, and all of our carers are highly trained and experienced. Our flexible, person-centred approach means that you and your loved ones are involved in all care decisions, and our team will do everything in our power to make you feel valued, looked after and at ease.

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