When someone you love is facing a life-limiting diagnosis, it impacts the whole family. It’s crucial to ensure that your loved one experiences comfort and that symptoms are effectively managed.
At the same time, family members and close friends also need comfort and support. Palliative care, often called end-of-life care or comfort care, meets all these needs.
What Is Palliative Care Support?
Palliative care supports individuals by helping them with personal care, meal preparation, medication adherence, household tasks, and more. This additional level of support allows loved ones to step back from caregiving duties to focus instead on spending quality time with their loved one.
Provided in the warmth and familiarity of the home environment, palliative care support services are designed to maximize physical and emotional comfort.
Why Choose Palliative Care?
While it can be challenging to accept, there may come a time when you realize that a loved one will not get better, and you must consider how they will spend their remaining moments.
Many people prioritize comfort and family time instead of continuing to stay in the hospital or moving to a short-term care facility. Such decisions aren’t easy for individuals and their families.
Hospice care support at home allows individuals to spend quality time with loved ones while receiving support from trained care professionals.
The Benefits of Palliative Home Care Services
Our caregivers can provide around-the-clock assistance or intermittent care to relieve family caregivers. In addition, we can provide care wherever someone resides, whether in a residential care home or nursing centre.
We have experience working with various palliative care, end-of-life care, and respite care teams across the city, including the Temmy Latner Center for Palliative Care.
How Can End-of-Life Care at Home Help?
We begin by meeting in person at the individual’s home to create a customized plan of care based on their needs and wishes. This can include any or all of the following types of services:
Personal care and hygiene, such as help with bathing, hair care, oral care, getting dressed, etc.
Companionship for conversations and activities the person chooses
Transfers and mobility assistance
Planning and preparing meals
Assistance with eating
Providing medication reminders
Light housekeeping and laundry
Why Choose The Care Company?
When it comes to end-of-life care at home, it’s vitally important to work with highly skilled and compassionate caregivers.
At The Care Company, our caregivers are simply the best of the best. We provide all the training they need to excel in their roles. We perform extensive interviews, background and reference checks, and matching based on specific skills needed, personality type, and more.
It’s why families overwhelmingly refer others to The Care Company when they need hospice care support at home.
Frequently Asked Questions About Palliative Home Care
We’ve compiled some of the most common questions below and their corresponding answers to help you determine if palliative home care is right for you.
Is palliative home care only available at a person’s end of life? While many people engage our services during the end-of-life transition, we can help anyone experiencing difficulty due to aging or a health condition. Contact us to let us know about your challenges, and we can create a customized plan of care to help.
What if my family member refuses care? We hear this quite often. It isn’t easy to accept the need for help, especially while also coming to a place of acceptance about a life-limiting illness. We recommend some basic services to begin: laundry and changing bed linens, light housekeeping, running errands, and preparing a meal or two. Additional services can be added once the person sees the benefits of care at home.
Is there an age restriction on the care you provide? We’re here to help anyone who needs assistance at home during a challenging time.
What if we’re unhappy with our caregiver? Because we’re so meticulous in screening and matching those we serve with the most skilled and compatible caregivers, we rarely encounter this situation, but it can happen. If, for any reason, you would prefer a different caregiver, we will provide a replacement. Our goal is to ensure comfort and peace of mind. We always go the extra mile to achieve this goal.
How do we get started with palliative care at home? The process is simple: call us at 416-422-2273. We will schedule a complimentary in-home consultation to meet you and the person in need of care and then develop a personalized care plan. We can start providing care as soon as possible.
What if care needs change? We take a proactive approach to our in-home care services. We actively monitor the care plan and prepare for any adjustments that may be needed. We will talk with you about any recommended changes and implement them accordingly to ensure appropriate care is provided throughout changing care needs.
Can we have the same caregiver for each visit? We work hard to ensure consistency and continuity of care and always aim to provide you with the same caregiver whenever possible. However, depending on the level of care needed and other factors, such as an illness or vacation of your primary caregiver, there may be times when a replacement caregiver is needed. Know that any caregiver you receive will be equally skilled and qualified to provide the highest possible level of care for your family member.
Contact Us to Learn More
Call us at 416-422-2273 to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation so we can answer any questions you have about our palliative care services. We’re here to help in Toronto, North York, Scarborough, Etobicoke, Markham, and the surrounding areas.
Our services include, but are not limited to, the following:
Helping with mobility
Assistance with eating
Providing medication reminders
Cooking and Meal Preparations