Throughout our lives we are taught many things, to mobilise, to communicate, to be kind, and to learn, these are just a few examples of transition from birth to our later years, but who teaches us to deal with life threatening illness or death?
What is palliative care?
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of service users and their families facing the challenges associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.
What is end of life?
The term “end of life” usually refers to the last year of life, although for some people this will be significantly shorter. End of life care is not just the practical and technical delivery of care provided to someone who is dying, but also extends to the support and information available to their families and friends.
We plan our future; our birthdays, engagement, and wedding, amongst a multitude of other events, but how much do we plan for our end of life? Most of us may arrange and leave funds for a funeral, some of us may leave detailed instructions for a wake. However, end of life planning should start way before we are faced with the emotions that such devastating news would induce. Emotions can be a strong force, that may, or may not, have some bearing on decisions we possibly will make at that present time, decisions that we view differently with a clear mind and comfortable body.
Here at Millennium Homecare we feel that this is a very personal and important stage in your life, therefore a specialist team of workers will support and guide you through planning the choices you would like to make about this occasion. Although very hard to do, it is suggested you have conversations with those closest to you in relation to what your wishes will be in a life changing or end of life situation. It is not something that has to be done in one conversation and it can be changed as your environments and / or life choices evolve going forward.
As part of our palliative or end of life support we will build with you a detailed support plan that will ensure your wishes, desire and preferences are clear to all involved, this also can be amended as you choose, nothing is set in concrete. You can be rest assured that it is not only your care that we take responsibility for, but those around you too, the people you value most, this is a difficult and challenging time for them also and we would like to ensure our involvement with yourself is a positive experience by all.
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