Palliative care services, now more routinely referred to as End of Life care, is aimed at assisting people living with an illness that they are not expected to recover from. As such, the focus is on alleviating the person’s pain and any symptoms of the illness and maximising both their physical, and psychological quality of life.
What are palliative care services?
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End of Life care is the comprehensive package of services that assist people who are not expected to recover from a life-threatening illness. This type of care is predominately used by older people, although also available to people of any age.
End of Life care focuses on making sure the residents are as comfortable as possible, both physically and mentally, rather than placing the treatment or cure of the underlying illness as the main goal. However, it is important to note that end of life care services is not designed to hasten the process and do not prevent a resident from receiving treatment.
The end of life care services available at Forest Healthcare centres also reach beyond the resident to consider the needs of their family and friends. Our team members have knowledge and first-hand experience with many of the issues and questions that family and friends will have and can be a great source of advice, or offer a simple conversation with someone who understands.
Contact us at Forest Healthcare and we’ll put you in touch with someone who can talk you and answer any questions you have about end of life care. We can also arrange for you to visit one of our centres if you would like to look around and discuss the options.
Our care centres that offer palliative care are listed below:
|Berkshire||Crowthorne||Pinehurst Care Centre|
|Berkshire||Wokingham||Warren Lodge Care Centre|
|Buckinghamshire||Great Missenden||Woodlands Park Care Centre|
|Essex||Chigwell||Belmont Lodge Care Centre|
|Hertfordshire||New Barnet||Cedars Care Centre|
|Hertfordshire||Elstree & Borehamwood||Forest Care Village|
|Kent||Gillingham||Grace Manor Care Centre|
|Kent||Maidstone||The Poplars Care Centre|
|London||Camden NW5||Ash Court Care Centre|
|London||Islington N1||Bridgeside Lodge Care Centre|
|London||Islington N7||St Anne’s Care Centre|
|Norfolk||Hingham||Hassingham House Care Centre|
|Oxfordshire||Stanford in the Vale, Faringdon||The Grange Care Centre|
Who would need palliative care services?
The palliative care provided in care centres is ideal for people who have received an initial diagnosis and have been through further assessments related to their condition, and understand what is involved in end of life care to the best of their ability.
However, this type of service can also be used to varying extents at any time during an illness, even immediately following diagnosis, although in many of these early stage cases it would be more appropriate to choose in-home care.
Other than their wish to be comfortable and pain-free, we have found that one of the common reasons for a resident to access end of life care is their wish to maintain choice and control during this uncertain time. Knowing that they are in a safe and caring environment, and with the knowledge that their family is also being supported are comforting thoughts for many residents nearing the end of their lives.
What does specialist palliative care involve?
Specialist end of life care provides services that are not available to most primary carers in the community and would be either very difficult or impossible to provide in the resident’s own home. As mentioned earlier, this level of care also considers family and friends to be an integral part of the resident’s journey of care.
The specifics involved for each resident will be determined by their diagnosis and further assessments, but in general they will benefit from the features below.
- Pain relief
- Alleviation of other symptoms
- Mental and physical health management
- Psychological and spiritual aspects
- Focus on quality of life
- Practical and emotional support for each resident and their family