Calgary Elder Care provides palliative care at home (or in a facility) that meets the physical and emotional needs of clients facing the challenges of an advanced illness. The quality of life for those we serve is enhanced by encouraging personal choices, supporting meaningful experiences and preserving dignity.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative Care (also known as End of Life Care), is a type of health care for patients and families who are facing life-threatening illness. Palliative care’s focus is on providing the best quality of life and offering comfort during this extremely difficult time, while treating both the physical symptoms that patients may experience, as well as their emotional and spiritual concerns.
Why Palliative Care?
There can be nothing better for terminally ill individuals or loved ones in their final days than to be surrounded by the familiarity and comfort of their homes. The best last days are those spent in their own room, surrounded by family and possessions that have been acquired throughout their lives. Calgary Elder Care provides you with a caregiver who is kind and understanding and is able to provide the best care for your loved one. We coordinate the care between physicians and the family members to ensure that the client is as comfortable as possible.
Every human being wishes to live and die with dignity. Our caregivers will give the utmost care and attention to the client’s safety and comfort. They will also perform household duties and chores, allowing family members to have more quality time with loved ones.
Palliative care at home allows you to have peace of mind by providing the most peaceful and comfortable final days for your loved one. Hourly or live-in care is available and all care is monitored by one of our in-house Registered Nurses.
We can provide these and many other services to make this time easier for you and your loved one:
- Assist with personal care
- Provide skin care
- Assist with turning and positioning to prevent pressure ulcers
- Prepare meals
- Assist with feeding
- Do laundry, light housekeeping
- Medication monitoring
- Help with activities they enjoy and can still do
- Provide companionship
- Be someone they can talk to about their feelings, concerns, etc.
- Communicate to family and palliative team when necessary
Caring full time for someone in the home can be physically and emotionally demanding. In-home respite care provides a family caregiver a break from their important but taxing role. Respite care services can give you a break and provide you with the opportunity to attend to tasks or activities of your own, knowing that your loved one is being well cared for. Regular respite care is an important strategy for maintaining the health and well-being of both you and your family member. Respite care services may be planned for regular intervals or may be provided in response to an emergency or event. Services are designed to meet individual needs and may include care on weekends, as well as weekdays, overnight or for holidays. With our caregiver in place, you will be able to enjoy a well-earned, guilt-free and worry-free break.
We can help you develop a plan to best meet your needs and the needs of your loved one. Communication is so important and we can provide as much as needed for your peace of mind.