An at-times tremendously upsetting and difficult experience for all families and loved ones, end-of-life or palliative care is a vocation for every one of us at Loveday. Following as we do the accredited Gold Standards framework, it is a service we are all truly proud to offer in both our residences but also as part of our home care service.
We provide palliative care to those with and without Dementia, including cancer and other conditions that require a unique level of care that Loveday is proud to offer.
Loveday work across the medical and surgical specialities in both in-patient and out-patient settings and provide a comprehensive level of support alongside the primary treating teams. Our team is led by specialists nurses who, due to our nursing care registration, can provide comprehensive palliative care and pain relief. The Loveday team work closely with the members own trusted providers or can liaise with our own team of doctors, therapists, counsellors and religious consultants.
Loveday also offer advance care planning with the aim of co-designing care plans that reflect individual preferences and priorities of both the member and their family.
Loveday’s specialist team provide advice and support to members, and those who are important to them, living with illnesses which may not be curable. We aim to treat everyone with respect, compassion and dignity and to focus on what matters most to our members. Our service aims to support quality of life, living well and to lessen suffering by supporting the emotional, physical, spiritual and social needs of our members, their family, friends and carers.
Palliative Care is the term used to describe the care needed when a loved one has an illness that cannot be cured. Its purpose is two-fold, firstly providing comfort, pain management and medication, alongside emotional and spiritual support – for both Members and their families.
This type of care can be delivered in several ways.
We strive to co-design care plans with our members and their families for such a time, however, this is not always possible. In these circumstances, our experienced team will work with you to develop an appropriate care plan in earnest.
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Palliative Care covers a spectrum, which is broader than end-of-life care. An incurable illness may require Palliative Care for several years, enabling the Member to live well for as long as possible. How soon this kind of care may be needed wholly depends on the Member, their illness, family situation and of course own personal preferences.
Palliative care can take the form of residential care, home visits, or day club membership, and may be frequent or infrequent depending on the needs of the Member and their family or support network.
Developing a care plan early on can help to reduce the stress of dealing with an incurable illness, it can also ensure a care team is on hand, who has experience with both the Member and their health and family circumstances.
End-of-life care falls within the Palliative spectrum and is usually planned with Members and families along their care journey with Loveday. Sometimes advance planning is not possible, at which point our specialist team are on hand to support in earnest.
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What does it mean when someone is getting palliative care?
Essentially, a person receives palliative care to help them live well with a condition or illness that cannot be cured.
At what stage of an illness is palliative care needed?
You can receive palliative care at any stage during your illness, and for any length of time during that stage. Palliative care is designed to help your loved one live as well as possible, and so the approach to care should be designed around those needs.
What is end of life care?
End of life care is a form of palliative care, that helps to maintain well-being, reduce pain, and provide compassion, comfort and dignity to individuals and loved ones at this highly upsetting time. End of life care is typically described in the context of the last few weeks of life.
What is the difference between palliative care and end of life care?
Palliative care is provided to patients with an incurable illness to help them live well for longer, it does not mean that the individual’s life is near the end. End-of-life care is part of this process, typically the final weeks and days.