Palliative Care

Palliative Care for Essex, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Suffolk and Bedfordshire.

Palliative care is a combination of medical and personal care designed for people nearing the end of their life. The person may have a terminal illness, such as cancer or motor neurone disease, or they may be suffering from gradual organ failure, typically of the heart, lungs, liver or kidneys.

In most cases the person affected will know they do not have long to live. The care they receive is designed to minimise their pain and help them come to terms with their situation, whilst helping them enjoy the best possible quality of life. In essence, palliative care is all about helping people approach the end of their life with dignity and in relative comfort.

Palliative care in one’s own home – a viable alternative to hospice care

Although palliative care is most often associated with hospices, hospitals and nursing homes, there is no reason – given the right support – why someone cannot choose to be cared for in their own home. Indeed, many people will specifically request to see out their final days at home in preference to moving to a hospice.

If this is what your loved one would like to do, then choosing palliative care with Audley Homecare will enable you to respect and uphold their wishes. We will provide them with the personal care and support they need and we will also liaise closely with the medical experts (typically a combination of GPs, District Nurses and Macmillan Nurses) to make sure they receive all the medical care they need.

Providing effective palliative care requires exceptional qualities, in particular the gifts of natural sensitivity and compassion, as well as strong practical care skills. Our palliative carers are carefully chosen and specifically trained to provide emotional and spiritual support, as well as personal care. They also understand that an important part of their role is to provide comfort and reassurance to family members, as well as to the person they are caring for.

Palliative care at home – the right option for your loved one?

Whilst coping with the end of a life is never easy, sensitive and skilled palliative care is all about helping everyone involved come to terms with the situation. Our palliative care staff pride themselves on being able to create a special atmosphere of love and acceptance which will help those left behind cope with their loss.

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