End of Life Care

 

Advance Planning for life until the very end

 

We know that thinking and talking about dying can be a very difficult and emotional process. We support our ladies and gentlemen and their loved ones with this challenging subject. For those with dementia, planning for the end of life as early as possible is essential as it is important to try and have these conversations, while the person is still able to make decisions. Focusing on and planning for end of life wishes together can be a positive experience – bringing clarity and a feeling of control of the situation to the person and their loved ones.

What is end of life care?

Our end of life care supports those who reside with us to have the best quality of life until the end of their lives and to die with dignity. We plan end of life care by talking to our ladies and gentlemen and their loved ones about their wishes and preferences. These choices can be about anything and everything and our support is tailored to individual need.

We plan for and support all aspects of wellbeing including:

  • Physical needs (including pain relief and management of other symptoms).
  • Emotional health.
  • Personal relationships.
  • Spiritual beliefs and needs.

 Topics we may discuss together:

  • Who cares for the person in their final days.
  • Room layout for end of days care – some people prefer to have their bed by the window with a view of the garden, some may prefer to have the curtains closed.
  • Whether friends and relatives will visit to say ‘goodbye’.
  • External stimulus in the room – some people prefer silence, while others may wish to hear music or have the television on.
  • Palliative care.
  • What the person does not want.
  • Funeral arrangements.

Decisions about end of life care can be made over a period of time, rather than all at once. This gives individuals and their loved ones the time to think at their own pace and avoid overwhelming feelings. The plan is also flexible and changes can be made at any time.

What is palliative care?

 

Palliative treatment or therapies are used to make people with incurable conditions, as comfortable as possible, by managing pain and other distressing symptoms. It is used in end of life care and includes psychological, social and spiritual support for individuals and their loved ones. Our holistic approach to care continues from the day a person moves into our home until the end, We care for each of our ladies and gentlemen as a “whole” person, not just treating the illness or symptoms.

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When does end of life care begin?

End of life care starts when it is needed. It may last a few days, for months or even for years. It is not always possible to predict when palliative care will be needed but we work with our ladies and gentlemen and their loved ones to ensure they receive the correct care in a timely way. This includes people whose death is imminent, as well as people who:

  • have an advanced incurable illness, such as cancer, dementia or motor neurone disease.
  • are generally frail and have co-existing conditions that mean that death is expected within 12 months.
  • have existing conditions that mean they are at risk of dying from a sudden crisis in their condition.
  • have a life-threatening acute condition caused by a sudden catastrophic event, such as an accident or stroke.

As with all our levels of care, we support our ladies and gentlemen in a person-centred and holistic way, caring for physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs until the end while ensuring they receive the respect and dignity they deserve.

If you would like to speak to our registered manager or deputy manager about this aspect of our care please call on 01706 811 900 or click here.