IN-HOME PALLIATIVE CARE SERVICES
HOW WE CAN HELP | PALLIATIVE CARE
Surrounded by loved ones, and supported by a professional in-home palliative care services nursing team offering gentle and compassionate care, is one of the most desired end-of-life experiences expressed by our clients.
A strong emotional connection with your care workers is essential for you and your family during this time, to ensure you all feel comfortable, secure and nurtured.
The team at Care For Family understands that arranging palliative care for a loved one can feel overwhelming and confusing. This team will take the time to gently work with you and your family to design a programme of care, either in your home or another location of your choice, on a flexible or a 24 hour a day basis.
Your team of highly experienced and compassionate palliative care workers and nurses will then be carefully selected to match your needs and preferences and will remain with your family for as long as you wish.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is holistic care that aims to improve the quality of life of people living with a life-limiting illness. Palliative care manages pain and eases symptoms to ensure each individual’s quality of life is maintained. Palliative care works better if it is introduced earlier rather than later in the course of an illness.
Care For Family specialises in providing the highest possible standard of reliable care by providing dedicated registered nurses and care professionals committed to helping people stay in their own home to enjoy their familiar surroundings.
Aims of Palliative Care
A palliative approach aims to improve the quality of life of patients and individuals with a life-limiting illness and their families, by reducing their suffering through early identification, assessment and treatment of pain, physical, cultural, psychological, social, and spiritual needs.
Palliative Care Pathways
Palliative Care Pathways, for those living with an incurable illness, are developed to improve the end of life care of all patients. Pathways do not take the place of impeccable assessment or re-assessment as a patient’s condition will always change.
To have received palliative care, you would need to have a care pathway, which is a document that guides the steps needed to provide high-quality care to your loved one in the last days of their life.
Physical changes will suggest that they may be dying and the decision to commence your loved one on a pathway is to be made by a doctor and care team, and where possible with the patient and their loved ones.
Palliative Care Questions?
Palliative care is care that helps people live their life as fully and comfortably as possible when living with a life-limiting or terminal illness. Questions that are commonly asked include:
Do I need an advance care plan?
Advance care planning helps the people close to you know what is important to you about the level of healthcare and quality of life you would want if, for some reason, you are unable to participate in the discussions.
Discussing and writing down your wishes for future care will help the person you choose as your medical treatment decision maker to feel more comfortable about the decisions they make on your behalf.
Are you able to provide palliative care in my own home?
Do you or someone you love, have a serious illness? If so, you may be sick of trips to the emergency room and unwanted hospital stays to treat pain, shortness of breath or other symptoms. Palliative care can be provided safely at home.
At CFF we can offer the same level of expertise and support you would receive in a hospice or at a hospital. Palliative care at home gives one more options and greater choices, having the comfort and privacy that only your own home can offer.
We understand the challenges of supporting a loved one with a life-threatening illness and understand that this is a difficult time. Our experienced care professionals will give clients the opportunity to spend the last stages of their illness in their own home surrounded by their loved ones in their familiar surroundings.
Can you provide care with a palliative approach?
A palliative approach to care aims to improve the quality of life for clients with life-limiting illness and to support their families. The usual time to start a palliative approach is when treatments given to cure a condition are no longer working or when the client chooses to stop their curative treatments.
The focus of a palliative approach is on comfort and maintaining or improving quality of life so that the loved one can live as well as possible until they die in an atmosphere of care and support preferably in their own home.
How will the nurses and care professionals recognise when my loved one is close to dying and what processes would be in place for this to support them and us?
There are certain signs in the last few weeks, days and sometimes hours of life that indicate when someone is preparing to die. Recognising what these are will help you to say those important goodbyes and prepare yourself for what is to come. Speaking to health professionals in advance will help you to recognize what is happening to your loved one.
Everyone’s experience is different. Generally, though people with a terminal condition make gradual adjustments to the way they live. Most keep hope alive. Everyone’s journey is one they have to make as an individual and you as their loved one or care professional can help by supporting and listening.
Your loved one’s health condition may have changed but they are still the same person. Health professionals will help manage their symptoms and side effects and can also help with emotional wellbeing for the person, their family and carers.
Will I get the medicines I need if things change suddenly and how long will it take?
This is where the advanced care plan can be helpful and discussions with your medical team about medication to relieve symptoms such as pain and anxiety A prescription is appropriate when symptoms become distressing for the patient when they are in the last stages of life.
A number of drugs are prescribed, and the choice depends on patient preference, the severity of symptoms and the ability of the patient to take the medicine. Medicines can be prescribed for the initial management of agitation and anxiety.
What support will there be for my loved ones when I am dying?
There are usually a lot of supportive family and/or friends to offer to help. Having a good support system is never about just one person saying or doing the right thing, rather it’s about having a network of support people who come together to help in big and small ways and it’s the gestures that are often more appreciated.
Grief counselling is also available and at Care For Family, we encourage family, friends and carers to utilise this service.
Can the Palliative care team along with my family assist with arrangements for my spiritual and cultural needs?
Palliative care can focus on managing physical symptoms, like pain or nausea. It can also help with emotional, spiritual, cultural and social needs.
Spirituality means different things to different people. It is important to encourage your loved one to talk about how they are feeling and to ensure their spiritual needs is being met by asking the relevant questions.
Knowing how they feel about their hopes, religion or faith or what gives them a sense of meaning and purpose in life. Asking what really matters or what’s important could also be really helpful. Listening and understanding the patient’s beliefs or organizing a faith leader to come to their home.
You may be from a culturally and linguistically diverse background or be a refugee or asylum seeker.
Your community may have unique views, understandings and traditions about the end of life and loss, grief and bereavement. Our care professional and Palliative care team can also come from a variety of different cultures and can provide care that is culturally appropriate for you.
It is also important that there is a clear understanding of care needs and medical treatment. You can ask for an interpreter if there are any problems communicating or understanding. The person receiving care must agree to use an interpreter as part of the decision-making process before discussions start.
Will my loved one be able to have specialist palliative care if they need it?
Caring for someone with a specific terminal illness can be difficult. Palliative care can help as your loved one is nearing the end of their life. Many people who are dying prefer to be cared for at home and this is a wonderful gift to give someone.
Talk to a palliative care team to understand what is involved. A Specialist Palliative care team would consist of your general practitioner, specialist palliative care doctors and nurses as well as specialists such as cardiologists or respiratory physicians. Other allied health workers can be involved as required as well as one of our grief and bereavement counsellors.
How many nurses and carers can be present on evening and night duty?
There can be as many as required for the patient and often two per shift will provide the support needed to perform the necessary duties to keep your loved one comfortable. Nurses or carers will work through the night when most people are comfortable in bed.
Are you able to offer support to my loved one who is in a nursing home requiring palliative care?
Palliative care services can be provided in a range of settings including a Nursing home.
The same sort of Private services can be provided as if they were in their own home only with the support of the nursing staff at the residential facility. A Nursing home cannot provide the one to one support needed for a patient with a terminal illness. With the high level of care that is required for palliative care, families are able to supplement the care for their loved one with one or two experienced palliative care professionals to ensure their comfort safety and dignity.
Our trained team of expert professionals are here to help answer these and any other questions you might have and are experienced in working with your existing health professional where appropriate.
Palliative Nurses and Nursing
Palliative care seeks to maximise quality of life for individuals with a terminal illness and their families. This is achieved through prevention, early identification and assessment of pain and other challenges, whether physical, emotional, psycho-social cultural or spiritual. This plan is then implemented under specialised medical guidance and with the support of specially trained palliative care nurses, which allows us to provide client centred care.
Palliative care nurses have developed special skills in caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families through experience and training. Specialist palliative care nurses have high-level skills, postgraduate level education and several years experience in palliative care.
Palliative Care Counselling
Palliative Care Counselling is a professional therapy service that addresses the many different issues and feelings that arise when patients are informed that it’s time for Palliative Care.
Appropriate types of counselling are available, depending on the specific needs of the person seeking counselling. Care For Family has an experienced team of dedicated Palliative Care counsellors and psychologists available and to support you and your loved ones.
How we Can help
Care For Family understands how to provide aged care and in-home care specialising in personalised palliative care, which will be tailored, to each individual and their palliative care issues.
We offer the same level of expertise and support you would receive in a hospital or hospice and are an approved Palliative Care Australia provider. An experienced clinical team will deliver the highest level of flexible, unique quality care to support each client and your loved ones in the privacy and comfort of your own home.
This care is reviewed regularly, ensuring that the changing and challenging needs of your loved ones are met. We will work with your chosen health care workers and medical team, be them a geriatrician, general practitioner or any other relevant medical professionals to ensure your loved one receives the most expert care.
How exactly do we do this?
- By managing palliative care teams and providing support for both the client and care teams to ensure the highest possible care is given and received at all times.
- By providing personalised, professional, culturally appropriate and compassionate in-home care as well as support in nursing homes
- By providing consistent palliative care teams that you can form trusting and supportive relationships with.
- By only using trained, qualified, reference-checked and police checked care professionals.
- By guaranteeing the replacement of care professionals if our clients don’t feel they are a good fit.
If you need palliative care support quickly, we can help. Here is an outline of our simple and rapid response process:
- You complete the form here
- We will call you with a quote within a few hours to discuss your current needs or concerns you might have and explain how we can assist.
- One of our caring professionals will meet with you at a convenient time to provide an in-home care needs assessment and quotation.
- If you are happy to proceed, we will send a quote in writing/email.
- Once approved, we send an Agreement form for you to sign and return to CFF.
- Your personalised compassionate in-home palliative care begins as soon as you are ready.
Alternatively please call 02 9343 0880 for your free no obligation in-home palliative care nursing quote today.