This time we will address a complex and sensitive issue to deal with, explaining what palliative care is and how to best deal with it with our doctor at home.
Our goal is to offer elderly patients and their families, at this crucial stage of life, a small beam of light that helps them overcome, as far as possible, both the symptoms of the disease and the physical pain and psychological that this can lead to. We recommend that affected people rely on close relatives and loved ones when reading this information.
What is palliative care?
When a loved one approaches a stage where her medical condition indicates that her life is nearing the end, or she suffers from a serious illness that causes her a lot of pain, he may choose to receive palliative care. Palliative care is care aimed at relieving symptoms that cause great pain and stress in patients.
It is normal for family members to have a series of concerns about how to deal with this moment and they will likely have many questions about what can be done. Hospital care is often the first option to consider. However, the care of the elderly person in the home makes it feel surrounded by tranquility and affection. Special care at home should be considered, but how prepared are family members, loved ones, and caregivers to deal with the care of the elderly person during this stage of their life?
The goal of palliative care
Palliative care is intended to help patients with a serious illness, cope with their situation and improve physically and emotionally. This care can be applied from the moment of diagnosis, during treatment, and at the end of life. In any of these stages, medical treatments and palliative care try to prevent the symptoms and side effects of the disease.
What does palliative care include?
Patients facing serious illnesses have their lives disrupted by the symptoms of the disease in question. These symptoms are not only physical, so palliative care considers the main causes of pain and stress to achieve the best possible well-being.
Characteristics of the palliative care professional
Skills such as emotional balance and patience are essential in dealing with people who are often in frustration. Therefore, the first requirement to perform the functions of palliative care at home is that of a staff that is sensitized and has a high level of empathy with patients in need of this type of care.
What is hospice care at home?
Every person who reaches the end of his life has the right to receive the necessary care. Controlling what happens in your environment is very important because in this way your personal circumstances are facilitated to give way to the process of acceptance of this stage of life. Therefore, care consists of a series of care whose premise is to detect the needs of the patient, as well as to comfort him, improving her quality of life.
At Excelan “Marbella private clinic” we have internal caregivers who will focus their efforts on controlling emotional, social, and physical symptoms, maximizing the level of comfort possible for the elderly. Likewise, the caregivers will work together with the family members to create the ideal conditions for care at home.
How can home-care help?
Home care provides relief to the elderly person and their family members, as it helps reduce stress and fatigue for the entire family group. Home care provides security since the elderly will be able to handle her conflicts and difficulties, surrounded by closer support.
Everyone involved, both the caregivers and the families can be a great support in the care process; from helping to improve their autonomy to overcoming unwanted loneliness.
The objectives pursued by home care
One of the priorities that home care pursues is to improve your quality of life. During the last days, specialized support is necessary through a medical team and together with the company of the caregiver and family, they are the ones who help the patient to go through those difficult moments.
Home care includes a series of comprehensive care that leads to caring for the elderly, while respecting her decisions and taking care of her environment. In addition, it is a solution so that family members can make the necessary decisions as certain events occur, without generating so much stress.
Importance of the caregiver in palliative care
Palliative care at home is a type of care that has grown considerably in recent years. Given the need for this service and as support to doctors, specialized nurses, nutritionists, social workers, psychologists, among others, the caregiver also plays a very important role in providing patients with the best palliative care within the home.
The figure of a caregiver goes much further, being the person who will give continuous support to patients in need of palliative care and their families.
Roles in hospice work at home
Always under the guidelines of the medical and psychological care team that treats the patient, among the main functions performed by these professionals, we must highlight hygiene and daily cleaning, food, and help with the mobility of the elderly.