Palliative & End of Life Care
A number of terms are used when a person is approaching the last stages of their life such as palliative care, supportive care, terminal care and end of life care. Whatever the terminology, it is always a traumatic and incredibly emotional time for everyone concerned.
The goal of Palliative care is to achieve the best quality of life for people suffering from a serious, chronic or terminal illness. This can be done through the management of pain and other symptoms, and support with emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing.
End of life care usually refers to the care of a person during the last part of their life, from the point at which it has become clear that the person is in a progressive state of decline.
In these circumstances, Inter-County can help by providing experienced staff to give the reassurance, comfort and support needed during this difficult time. With care and sensitivity our carers can help the person retain a sense of hope and normality. Our holistic approach means we work closely with other Healthcare Professionals and Specialists to ensure that the person's care needs are being met at all times.
We aim to provide a service that:-
- Is person-centred and takes account of practical, physical, psychological, spiritual, social and religious needs and preferences.
- Regularly assesses the person's care needs that include discussions about current and future care.
- Works together with other healthcare professionals to meet identified needs and provide care and support in a seamless way.
- Ensures staff are competent and have the right skills and attitudes to provide safe and effective care for people approaching the end of life.
- Meets practical, physical, psychological, spiritual, social and religious needs and maximizes independence and social participation for as long as possible.
- Delivers care during the last days of life that is personalised to incorporate individual needs and preferences, and ensures access to, and administration of, prescribed medication.
- Communicates sensitively and supports families who are newly bereaved, offering practical support when needed.
Our managers have a wealth of experience in providing this type of specialist care and would be happy to offer advice or answer any questions you may have.