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Home Care at the End of Life
October 10, 2018 by Living Assistance Services - Senior Home Care
It’s not easy watching a loved one reach the end of life, even if their life has been a long and happy one. The end of life can bring many changes for not just the person dying, but for the family, too. The goal of care changes from cure to comfort, decisions and arrangements need to be made, and with all of this, you also need to prepare for the changes your dying loved will experience as the end approaches. It’s a lot for even the strongest and most prepared person.
How Professional Home Care Providers Help the Dying and Their Loved Ones
Professional home care providers aren’t just there to help the elderly live in comfort and with dignity, but are also able to provide these things at the end of life as well.
An elderly care professional has been trained to observe changes in a person’s level of pain and emotional state, and spot signs of other types of distress. This enables the caregiver to assist with pain management and change the level or type of care so that the patient gets exactly what he or she needs.
Having a professional with experience in palliative and end of life care can be very comforting for the family as well as the person dying. They are able to provide information about the stages and process of dying, which can help you better prepare for what’s to come. This also helps alleviate some of the fear and anxiety that is common during this time. They understand that visiting with a dying loved one is emotionally challenging and are able to provide support as needed to the entire family.
A PSW can also assist with many of the practicalities of end of life which can allow the family members more quality time with their loved one. This includes everything from basic housekeeping meal prep for you and the patient, to helping you have conversations about death and dying—something many find extremely difficult. They are there to listen and answer questions while respecting your comfort level.
Providing At Home Care or Assistance in Hospital
Our caregivers are available to provide in home care services, as well as help in a hospital. Regardless of where the care services are being provided, you can rest assured that their goal is give your loved one the peace and unconditional regard they deserve, even providing companionship at the very end.
Many struggle with trying to manage the responsibilities of work and home when their parent or loved one is nearing the end of life. You want to be there around the clock and worry about your loved one being alone, but this isn’t always possible and can take a serious toll on your physical and emotional wellbeing. Having a private home care professional assist with end of life care can be very comforting for the dying and their family. They are able to provide as much companionship as possible and eliminate the worry that the person will die alone.
Along with companionship, a PSW can also provide regular updates to the family and take over some of the care duties from hospital staff. This ensures that your loved one gets the personal care and attention that you want for them, right to the very end.
David Porter, CPCA
Living Assistance Services – Senior Home Care