PAL­LIA­TIVE CARE AT HOME – YES, IT IS POS­SI­BLE

Richmond Hill Post - - Food -

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.

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