Palliative Care aims to provide the best quality of life possible for a terminally ill patient and their family, including keeping the patient free from pain as far as is possible. It responds to physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs and extends to support in bereavement. Whilst palliative care is aimed primarily at cancer patients, patients with motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis and HIV may be encountered in hospices. Patients with these diseases, however, remain a small minority of the total. Palliative care can be provided in a hospice, in an acute or community hospital or in the patient’s home. Access to palliative care is decided by the HSE on the basis of need. There is some variation in the availability of palliative care throughout the country.
‘When we were told Mam had only months to live my world came crashing down. The Palliative Care offered by myhomecare.ie was a great support and made sure mam was comfortable right to the end. I can’t recommend them highly enough, thank you again of your help through one the most difficult times in my life’ – Mary
myhomecare.ie is about supporting people to live well while they manage their illness. We concentrate on maintaining quality of life by controlling physical symptoms, such as pain or sickness, and helping with the emotional, social or spiritual needs that people may have. We support both the person, their carers and their family through Palliative Care.
Many people when they are seriously ill prefer the comfort and familiarity of their home, friends and usual activities. In order for this to be possible they often require the support of doctors and palliative care teams who provide care and social support. The myhomecare.ie team plays a fundamental part of the continuum of care necessary to help palliative care clients within the community.
We understand that this time is difficult for families. There may be a turmoil of feelings from denial, anger and guilt to helplessness and depression even acceptance. All these reactions are normal, but make it more difficult for those providing care to your loved one at this time. Much of the challenge is dealing with the uncertainty, but still feeling in control, in order for both you and your loved one to make the most of the precious time remaining. With our highly skilled and qualified care staff we can assist you from respite care, pain management, personal care, enteral feeding, to basic needs.
Caring for someone with a life-limiting-illness can be exhausting. Looking after yourself physically and emotionally during this time is important, not only for your sake but for the person you are caring for as well.
At myhomecare.ie we can provide support and assistance depending on the level of care required from 1 hour up to 24 hours a day. We have highly trained carers and registered nurses who can work under the directive of the Medical and Palliative Care team.