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Through palliative care at home, your loved one will receive comforting and compassionate support within a familiar setting, surrounded by the people they cherish the most.
This support will be provided by a palliative nurse who will offer specialist relief from any symptoms your loved one is experiencing, focusing on both physical and emotional treatment.
Here, we’ve explained how palliative care at home works, what services are available, the benefits and how to find it.
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Palliative care at home provides 24/7 nursing care for anyone with a serious or incurable illness in the comfort of their own home. The main focus of palliative care, whether you're receiving it at home or in a care home setting, is to make the care as comfortable as possible, while also removing as many day-to-day stresses as possible.
Symptoms are treated with compassion and dignity in care. Emotional support is provided through palliative care at home, both for the person being looked after and their family and close friends.
Palliative care at home for the elderly is often provided around the clock, particularly as your care needs increase.
The two main options for palliative care at home are live-in care and home visits. A live-in carer will support you around the clock in any needed way. Meanwhile, regular home visits are for people who don’t require constant supervision, but do need extra weekly support. The number and length of visits varies from person to person.
People choose to begin receiving palliative care at many different points. Your loved one can begin receiving it at any time after a terminal diagnosis has been made.
Elderly palliative care at home could last for several years, while end-of-life care at home takes place over a much shorter period (you only receive this type of care as you near the end of your life).
Your loved one’s GP can discuss specialist care requirements, along with the best time to begin receiving palliative care at home. You and your loved one can also discuss this with other family members.
This palliative care can be given by various people and services, each with a slightly different role in providing palliative care. A palliative care team could include:
We make it easy to find home care near you. You can use our free service to request a shortlist of home care providers with carer availability in your local area, delivered straight to your inbox. You can select the type of home care you require and also filter by any specific services you need (including palliative care).
We’re partnered with the best home care agencies across the UK, many of which offer compassionate palliative care, including in the following locations:
Aside from our service, speaking to your GP or a similar medical professional is another option. They’ll be able to talk you through all the options available in your local area.
You can also use the NHS to search for palliative care services near you.
Your loved one could also be eligible for funding support if their savings and assets are worth less than £23,250 (in England). This will be determined through a financial assessment, which usually follows a care needs assessment.
You’re able to receive palliative care for as long as is necessary. Palliative care takes place across a broad spectrum of health, which is why some people have it for several years, while others will only have it for a few weeks.
Whether you have to pay for palliative care at home depends on your financial situation and what support you’re eligible for. If your savings and assets are above £23,250, you’ll be required to fund your own care. If your savings and assets are below this, you could be eligible for financial assistance from your local authority. A financial assessment for care fees will determine this.
Some parts of palliative care are also offered through the NHS, with this support being free to all UK residents.
Providing palliative care at home for the elderly may require several different pieces of specialised equipment. Some of the most common examples include: