At Private Home Care, we believe that every client should have the ability to transition from this life on their own terms. We recognize that to do so requires different levels of support and for this reason, we create care teams comprised of caregivers keenly aware of how to care for individuals nearing the end of life’s journey.
The philosophy behind End of Life Care is centered around palliation or the easement of the severity of pain or discomfort. This type of care requires a customized care plan with caregivers accustomed to providing comfort and care for clients in the final stage of life.
What is End of Life Care and Hospice Support?
End of Life Care and Hospice Support focuses on assisting individuals who we know are nearing the end of life because they are terminally ill and expected to pass away, often within six months. This determination is reached with the assistance of a medical professional, such as a client’s primary physician. Some of these clients are on hospice, while others are not. When hospice is in place, our care teams work closely to ensure that all directives from hospice staff are being followed, while providing between four and twenty-four hours of care per day. Many of our clients choose to age in place and remain in a home setting until they pass. For others, PHC comes into the picture when assistance is needed in the final stage of life. Either way, we’re here to help.
Does Private Home Care offer specialized care teams that focus on End of Life Care?
Yes. Not every home health care professional can provide end of life care. Working with a client in the final stage of life requires understanding garnered through experience and education. Caregivers assigned to these clients know not only how to provide care, but also how and when to communicate with a client’s loved ones, a hospice team, third party care managers and each clients’ Care Coordinator. They understand that in many situations, we are there for emotional support not only for the client, but also for their loved ones. Simply put, care teams and individual caregivers assigned to clients nearing the end of life are highly skilled and experienced in End of Life Care.
In what other ways do caregivers chosen for End of Life Care help their clients?
Like with all home health care services at Private Home Care, our approach to End of Life Care is always customized and client-focused. Caregivers selected to work with individuals in the final stage of life assist with personal care tasks like daily hygiene, toileting, grooming, bathing, dressing and feeding. They work together with a client’s loved ones, hospice teams, and others and focus on easing each client’s feelings of stress and anxiety. Caregivers are readily available to ensure each clients’ loved ones are getting the respite and support they need too, by assisting with meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, and errands. Our team’s goal is to provide clients and their families with the relief they need, so that the care recipient can end this life as comfortably as possible, on their own terms.