End of Life Care
Caring for someone during their final days requires specialist skills
You or your loved one might not want to think or talk about the end of life care, and you might find it upsetting to read through this page. However, having these difficult conversations with a loved one or family will ensure that needs and wishes are understood. It will also help to talk to health and social care professionals so that they are aware of what plans are in place.
If you or they don’t feel ready to think about the future at this time, making sure that we know you or their values, wishes and beliefs more generally can help.
Caring for someone during the final days of their life requires specialist skills and understanding. We are committed to making sure that our end of life care respects and upholds a person’s dignity. Our specialist team can assist with any arrangements that you need help with. Above all, our team are here to help you all feel as comfortable as possible during this time.
The care staff have undertaken specialist training in palliative care and work closely with people and their families to provide practical support, advice and understanding.
What is ‘end of life care’?
End of life care aims to support someone in the later stages of a life-limiting condition to live as well as possible until they die. It also seeks to support the family during this time and after the person dies.
Goals of End of Life Care
Our goal is to achieve the best quality of life for you or your loved one, even if that life is likely to be short. Our end of life care tackles four main types of need that may arise towards the end of life, both when death is the result of severe illness and when it is the natural ‘closing down’ that can happen to frail older people.
These needs are:
You, your loved one and the family will be supported by skilled and knowledgeable staff that recognise the situation and who work together to coordinate and manage your or your loved ones care.
End of Life Planning with Dementia
Planning for the end of life is important for anyone who has a life-limiting condition. For a person with dementia, it is important to try and have these conversations as early as possible, while they can make decisions for themselves.
A person in the later stages of dementia may have limited or no speech and will be less able to understand what people are saying to them. Relying only on verbal communication can make it difficult to understand what the person is trying to communicate, which may mean not noticing if they are in pain, hungry or thirsty, for example.
The person with dementia may communicate their needs and feelings without using speech (non-verbal communication). They may use body language, facial expressions or show agitation. Importantly, the person will still have feelings about what is going on even though they are in the later stages of dementia and can no longer communicate verbally. For example, they may feel happy hearing you talk to them.
If you have questions or require more information, please call and speak to Carla Adams, Registered Manager or Karen Spooner, Matron on 01283 512915