End of life care is one of the most difficult issues to deal with when it comes to looking after a relative who has a terminal illness. And for many families, there is a tough choice to make. Will your loved one be better off in a hospital, residential home or hospice, or would they be happier remaining in the place they are at their most comfortable – in their own home? The vast majority of people would, undoubtedly, prefer the latter to the former. But when the time comes, there is a common thought that a hospital or hospice is the right place for a relative who is approaching the end of their life.
It’s a decision the family must make themselves, of course. But as an experienced, 24-hour live-in care agency, we understand how advantageous it can be for people approaching the end of their lives to be cared for at home. Here are a few things we have found out that will benefit any family seeking help at this particularly difficult time.
The number one reason for trying to ensure your family member and loved one sees out their life at home is that it is almost guaranteed that is where they actually want to be. It’s really that simple. Nearing the end of someone’s life can be a sad experience for everyone, but for the actual person that is dying, it could be terrifying, distressing, and confusing. And the reality is that when we feel those emotions, it’s almost always better to be somewhere that we know well, such as the home. If you want to ensure your loved one is looked after, as relaxed and as peaceful as they can possibly be, and happy they can get to see out their lives in their own home, why not give them that opportunity?
While hospitals, hospices, and homes do remarkable work, the reality is that they are not personal places. The bright lights, the disorienting atmosphere and environment, and the constant stream of numbers of people coming in and out of rooms are not pleasant for anyone. Compare this with palliative care at home. Not only does the patient have control over their environment, but they also have privacy and their personal space. At-home carers are a lot more familiar to the patient, too. This means that when the time comes, the patient will be able to pass away peacefully with someone they know and trust nearby. It’s good for the family member, too, who may not live close by and want to have the peace of mind that their loved one has left the world in the best of hands. This is in stark contrast to the often hectic environment of a busy hospital, or a hospice with dozens of nurses, any of whom could be treating your loved one when the time eventually comes.
Given the stressful and distressing emotions that come into play at the end of a life, home-based palliative care just makes perfect sense. There is no need to further distress the patient by uprooting them to a home or external location. And it also means that family members and close friends that want to visit their loved one can do so easily – just as they would at any other time. They can also carry on with their own lives, safe in the knowledge that their loved one is being properly looked after. When the time eventually comes, all relevant people can be notified, and if there are any developments, arrangements can be made a lot easier than they could be if the patient is in a hospice – which could be miles away from the family home.
By choosing a live-in carer from a specialist service offering palliative care, you can be safe in the knowledge that they have been assessed to high standards. It takes a lot of experience to be able to deal with end of life patients in the correct manner, and here at Orchid Care Ltd, we ensure all of the carers that we introduce into the family home are trained to provide an exceptional service.
If you have any concerns about sending a loved one to a hospice at the end of their life, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our live-in care service has many benefits, and provides peace of mind to patients and their families, no matter what the situation. Contact us today for more advice, and to see if you find our palliative live in care service suitable for your needs.