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End of Life Care in East Lancashire and Ribble Valley and What To Expect

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Supporting families in end of life care at home in East Lancashire and Ribble Valley

Our carers in East Lancashire and Ribble Valley work hard to fulfil end of life care requirements as sensitively as possible. We strive to help your loved one to control pain and to keep them as comfortable as possible as they approach the end of their life.

Our local Carers stay with our Clients to the end of their life, forming close bonds as well as providing specialist palliative care and support for the whole family. With help from a regular Carer, family members can focus their attention on their loved one and on each other.

To see if Right at Home’s at home care services can help, get in touch with our office in East Lancashire and Ribble Valley today.

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Our end of life care at home services in East Lancashire and Ribble Valley

End of life care typically covers the last year of our Client’s life. Though some Clients require our support for varying lengths of time, and we make sure to be there for as long as they need.

We can provide:

  • Companionship
  • Personal care
  • Monitoring
  • Help with medication

Our CareGivers will visit your home multiple days a week, as agreed in your personalised care plan. We also offer live-in care and respite care for those who need it.

Our CareGivers in East Lancashire and Ribble Valley are also experienced in supporting families in end of life care, by offering respite from daily tasks. During such a difficult time, even simple tasks can feel overwhelming. That’s why our CareGivers can also help with light housekeeping, laundry and meal preparation.

At Right at Home, we work closely with GPs, hospices, and community nurses. When it’s needed, we’ll help our Clients’ loved ones to access sources of emotional and practical support.

To discover the support services in and around East Lancashire and Ribble Valley, visit the East Lancashire Hospitals website.

Speak to your local East Lancashire and Ribble Valley Right at Home office today to discuss the care needs of you or your loved one.

What Is Included in End of Life Care?

Clients to live as comfortably as possible for the remaining duration of their lives.

End of life care may sound daunting, so we’ve provided some further detail about our services, what to expect, and how you may want to prepare.

Palliative Care in East Lancashire and Ribble Valley

People often ask us: ‘what is the difference between palliative and end of life care?’ In fact, palliative care and end of life care are often used interchangeably.

The main difference is that palliative care can be given at any stage of a terminal illness and many people receive palliative symptom management for years.

Receiving palliative care is a big part of our specialist end of life care service. Our support involves managing the physical aspects of a dying person’s condition, such as pain and other symptoms. Our goal is always to make our Clients as comfortable as possible.

Physical Support in East Lancashire and Ribble Valley

Our care workers ensure that our Clients are clean and comfortable during the last days of life. We offer help with eating or drinking as well as personal care and even physical support when moving around the house.

Above all, we believe that quality of life is important. So, beyond physical support, we help to maintain a comfortable environment, with light housekeeping and laundry services.

Emotional Support

Perhaps most importantly, our CareGivers are companions to our Clients and their loved ones. Our high quality care services centre on building trusting relationships and providing support in difficult circumstances.

The benefits of end of life care span beyond our Clients alone as we help to provide support and respite for family members too. Importantly, our end of life care involves directing people to resources for bereavement support and financial support.

For information about how to prepare for care at home, visit our Information Hub.

FAQs about our end of life care services in East Lancashire and Ribble Valley

When does end of life care begin?

In short, end of life care should begin when it is needed. It may last a few days, a few months or even a few years - it can vary from person to person.

End of life care is considered to be for those in the last 12 months of life, though of course it can be difficult to predict when someone is likely to pass. You may employ our end of life care services for only a short time. Or, you may require a longer-term care plan if your loved one:

  • Has an advanced, incurable disease
  • Is generally frail and have co-existing conditions
  • Has an existing condition and is at risk from dying if they have a sudden crisis
  • Has a life threatening acute condition caused by a sudden event, such as a stroke or an accident
What are the signs of end of life?

Knowing what to expect as someone passes can be a comfort for loved ones and family members.

- They may not want to eat or drink

When nearing the end of life, people may lose the desire to eat or drink. It can be comforting to give them ice chips or to wet their lips to keep them moist. On the whole, it’s important never to force someone to eat, as this may cause choking and discomfort.

- They may withdraw

Your loved one may withdraw and stop responding to others around them when they are nearing the end of life. They may be slow or seem confused. In some cases, our Clients may also present signs of delirium, such as hallucinations.

We recognise that this can be worrying to see, so our trusted CareGivers will help to maintain a calm and supportive environment.

Most people nearing the end of their life are often able to hear, even if they cannot speak. It can be comforting to continue to talk to them even if they do not respond.

- There may be physical changes

You may begin to notice a few physical changes that could indicate when someone is nearing the end of their life.

  • They may feel tired or weak
  • They may pass less urine and it will usually be dark in colour
  • Their hands and feet may be cold and appear blotchy or blue
  • They may have an irregular heartbeat
  • Their blood pressure may decrease
  • Their breathing may become irregular. This can be shallow breathing, with short periods of no breathing at all or rapid, deep breathing

If you’re concerned about any of these symptoms, contact a member of our team in East Lancashire and Ribble Valley to discuss end of life care at home.

Information and resources on end of life care

You can find information and support relating to end of life care on the NHS website.

Their ‘End Of Life Care Guide’ explains what you can expect from end of life care and gives information about an individual’s rights and choices. This includes refusing treatment, setting down their wishes for future treatment, and arranging to give someone the legal right to make decisions for them, if they are no longer capable. The guide also contains information on discussing these issues with family members.

Our team is experienced in supporting families through end of life care, including the associated legal responsibilities. Speak to our friendly team at Right at Home East Lancashire and Ribble Valley for help and support.

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