PALLIATIVE CARE AT HOME – YES, IT IS POSSIBLE
Palliative care is also often called end of life care.
The goal of palliative care is to allow life to take its natural course – to neither hurry or slow the process of dying, while at the same time recognizing the need to provide the best quality of life and comfort. Palliative clients and their families make the decision to stay at home for a variety of reasons.
For many seniors receiving palliative care, the familiar surroundings of home mean they are more relaxed and less stressed, and are more able to participate in daily activities.
For family it means little or no travel time is involved to spend time together. Visits can be more frequent, more “normal”, less clinical and more pleasant. Professional, experienced Registered Nurse supervision and case management is essential.
It’s essential that the Nurse supervising and case managing your family member’s care is familiar with the specialized needs of palliative clients and the resources that are available in the community so that they can help them to access these resources.
As medical professionals, Nurses speak the same language as, and can liaise with other healthcare professionals such as doctors, respiratory technologists, speech language pathologists, pharmacists, etc. on behalf of your family member.
To be certain that you are working with a Nurse who is a specialist in Palliative care, the Nurse supervising the care should be certified in Hospice Palliative Care Nursing (CHPCN(C) through the Canadian Nurses Association.
There really is no place like home.
It is often a relief to families to learn that they are able to take their family member home - to follow their wishes - even when they require various types of devices, therapies and medications.
If you have questions about arranging care for an elderly family member who is palliative, talk to a recognized expert with years of experience - and get the answers you need.
Lisa Wiseman BIO Lisa Wiseman is the President and founder of Eldercare Home Health Inc. Lisa is Gerontological Nurse Certified (Canada) GNC(C), and is also Hospice Palliative Care Nursing (CHPCN(C) certified through the Canadian Nurses Association. Eldercare Home Health has been providing palliative care to Seniors in Toronto for over 23 years. Call for a no-charge assessment by a Registered Nurse.