End of life care
Providing compassion, comfort and dignity
Specialist care for those in the last year of life
Our specialist End of Life and Palliative care services help people live as well as possible as they near the end of their life. It enables them to spend their last days with dignity and respect in the secure comfort of their home.
Being supported to die at home, in a place filled with the memories you have made throughout your life and surrounded by the people you love can make a huge difference in your final days. Choosing to receive end-of-life and palliative care at home has an impact on the whole family, ensuring a safe, peaceful and familiar environment to be together during an emotional and distressing time.
End of life and palliative care is for people considered to be in the last year of life.
It is an important part of the support given to people suffering from terminal illness. If required, palliative care can be provided from the first diagnosis and continued throughout the progression of their illness.
Choosing to receive our specialist palliative care and end of life care services at home will give you significant improvements in your quality of life. During this time, our priority is to provide a high standard of holistic care and compassion to ensure a ‘good death’.
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What is included in end of life and palliative care?
Christies Care offers person-centred care which supports a range of needs, providing comfort, dignity and respect.
Looking after someone with a terminal illness requires a special type of person who can carry out tasks quietly and calmly, with thoughtfulness and respect. Christies Carers are skilled active listeners, trained to spot cues and understand the needs and emotions of those in their care.
Having tailored end of life care at home helps improve quality of life and provides invaluable support for the whole family, alleviating stress and providing continuity of care without the disruptions and restrictions you would expect in a hospital setting.
Our end-of-life and palliative care plans include:
- Support for pain management and relief.
- Personal care for comfort and dignity, including washing and dressing, help with eating and drinking, and continence management.
- Emotional and practical support which includes routine tasks such as housekeeping and meal preparation, to enable families to focus on their loved one and make the most of their time together.
Naturally it is difficult to predict how long end of life care will last – a person’s needs can change dramatically within months, days and even hours.
The Christies Care team will talk with you about your requirements, and communicate regularly to ensure needs are met as they change, with professional, compassionate and practical support. Throughout this time, your carer will work with multidisciplinary teams, including district nurses and other health professionals, so you can receive the best standard of care.
For information on how our home care services can help you:
Talking about death, dying and grief
Christies Care Ltd actively supports the Dying Matters movement to encourage people to speak openly about death and dying to ensure that more people can be in a good place when they die.
Effective communication is paramount to achieving the best standard of care and ensuring a dignified and comfortable death but most people do not talk about death or dying which can make the experience even harder when the time arrives.
Having an advance care plan in place, stating a person’s wishes and preferences for how and where they want to be cared for at the time of their death, can help ease the anguish a family may feel when critical decisions need to be made.
Speak to our specialist end-of-life care team to implement your own advance care plan statement. Call 01728 605107.
For more information on Dying Matters visit: www.dyingmatters.org
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