Here at Prolife Health Care Group, we offer a full range of caring support, including palliative care, which focuses on the support and relief of suffering.
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Specialist palliative care, tailored to your needs
We understand how distressing it can be to see how a terminal illness is affecting a loved one. That’s where we can help; by providing specialist palliative care support so your family can make the most of your time together.
Palliative care at home allows you to stay in the place you feel most comfortable, surrounded by memories and the people you love. With the one-to-one support from a compassionate carer who is experienced in palliative care, you can have specialist support whenever it is needed.
Whether you are looking for a full-time live-in carer or intermittent visits from a local care team, we provide a full range of services for palliative care that follows the national palliative care guidelines. Our support covers all aspects of care including personal care, pain management, administering medication, cooking meals and companionship.
We frequently work alongside a number of organizations including hospices, support groups, continuing health care teams and district nurses. This enables us to offer the right level of home care for both patients and family alongside other elements of your care plan.
To find out more about our palliative care service or how we can support you, please contact a member of our care specialist team. We’re here seven days a week to talk through your options and can arrange a meeting with a local care manager when you’re ready to begin care.
What is palliative care?
Palliative, or end of life care, is specialized medical care for people with serious or terminal illnesses such as a type of dementia. The support focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness – keeping you as comfortable as possible. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and their family whilst reducing the emotional effects of illnesses.
Palliative care at home
While some receive palliative care at an inpatient hospice or residential nursing home, it is becoming an increasingly popular choice to receive care at home. Many individuals want to stay in an environment where they feel most comfortable; it’s often referred to as hospice care at home.
Palliative care at home can involve:
Personal care and assisted living such as assistance with bathing, dressing and toileting
Continence care, whether it is changing continence pads or managing a stoma or catheter
Medication support including prompts or administering medication, even the more complex prescriptions
Support with pain management
Help moving around the home, whether it is gentle support or hoisted transfers
Housekeeping duties such as vacuuming, dusting, changing beds or doing the laundry
Preparing meals to your tastes, and washing up afterwards
Caring for your pet including feeding and walking
Running errands to collect prescriptions or food shopping
Companionship and supporting your independent living at home
Benefits of palliative care at home
One of the main benefits of receiving palliative care at home is that it allows somebody to spend their last months, weeks and days in the place where they feel most at ease and safe: their home. This places them in the company of someone they know and trust whilst receiving palliative care. As well as being reassuring for the person receiving care, knowing this can give peace of mind to families and close friends too. Because of this, palliative care and hospice care are often synonymous with each other.
Having care at home instead of a hospital or hospice means less disruption for everybody. Round-the-clock care means that any changes in condition will be noticed and responded to quickly.
You can also be reassured that the person providing care is assessed to the high standards and given specific palliative care training, enabling them to provide practical and emotional support to you all