What is end-of-life care?

We all have our own unique feelings about death, which are influenced by our life experiences, religious or spiritual beliefs, cultural backgrounds and personal philosophies. Everyone has the right to be cared for with dignity and respect, which is why Mayfair Care Agency helps people from all walks of life to deal with the reality they face, in a way that accommodates them.

End-of-life care is a type of specialist support offered to patients – and to their families – who are approaching the end of their lives. However, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to end-of-life care.

At Mayfair, we understand that it’s important to involve patients in the decision-making process and come up with an individual care plan tailored to their unique needs and preferences. However, it’s important to know what end-of-life care entails and how it can help you and your loved ones.

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When should end-of-life care be introduced?

Private end-of-life care should be offered as soon as it becomes clear that a person is approaching the end of their life. They may have been diagnosed with a terminal illness like cancer, or their health might have deteriorated to such an extent that they are not expected to live much longer.

It’s important to ensure that they are as comfortable as possible and receive adequate support in all areas.

Who needs end-of-life care?

Private home care

End-of-life care at home will be recommended to anyone approaching the end of their life, however long that may be. It can help those dealing with an advanced incurable illness or terminal disease, in addition to supporting the chronically frail or those who have suffered acute life-threatening events such as a stroke.

End-of-life care is designed to help patients with both physical and cognitive decline, whether these symptoms develop gradually or suddenly. It is also available for their family and friends, who may need support learning to deal with their loved one’s illness or help to come to terms with their grief.

What are the benefits of end-of-life care?

More than just a solution for managing physical symptoms and pain, our end-of-life care at home also includes assisting patients with everyday tasks, such as washing and dressing, ensuring appropriate nutrition, and providing practical support – for instance with will writing and finances.

Our end-of-life care is designed to help:

  • Control symptoms and manage pain by managing medication safely
  • Deal with everyday tasks, such as meal preparation, washing and dressing
  • Empower the patient by giving them more control over their care
  • Ease the burden on friends and relatives
  • Help loved ones cope with their grief

Most importantly, however, it is about providing the support required to enable the patient to be as comfortable and peaceful as possible in their final days.

Influences on end-of-life care

Carers need to take the patient’s cultural background and beliefs into account when approaching end-of-life care, as the right approach helps nursing teams to better manage both physical and emotional pain.

For instance, certain monotheistic religions frown upon the use of any medications that may hasten death, whilst others, such as Buddhism, may prioritise maintaining mental clarity. As such, our care teams at Mayfair Care Agency will be sensitive as to how important it is for patients to remain mentally alert in their final days, in addition to how much pain is appropriate to endure and what alternatives may be considered.

People are particularly prone to looking back on their lives as they approach the end, in an attempt to find meaning. Being able to appreciate where this meaning comes from culturally can help carers to provide the appropriate emotional support and make them better equipped when it comes to communicating with family and friends.

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How does end-of-life care differ from palliative care?

Palliative care is a type of care given to people dealing with a terminal illness. The focus tends to be on managing pain and other distressing symptoms, often in the hope that recovery might be possible. Palliative care can be provided at any stage of an illness, from diagnosis onwards. It is not just for people who are dying. End-of-life care is designed specifically to support people who are in the final stages of their lives.

Because people with terminal conditions may also be offered end-of-life care, there is some overlap. However, private end-of-life care is only available to those who are not expected to recover. Generally speaking, end-of-life care is a more holistic type of care that deals with all aspects of a person’s well-being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, and Mayfair can assist in this alongside other medical professionals and support organisations.

Private end-of-life care at Mayfair

Our service is focused on ensuring that every patient can live as well as possible until the end and when the end comes, they are able to pass with dignity. We take a professional yet compassionate approach to end-of-life care at Mayfair, taking into consideration a patient’s cultural and spiritual background.

We have a unique team of carers that work diligently across Worcester, Evesham and the surrounding areas, providing supportive and private end-of-life care for both patients and their families. Contact us directly to discuss your end-of-life care requirements or to find out more about how we can help you.

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