Palliative Care Services For The Elderly
Palliative care, put simply, is meant to provide seniors suffering from life-threatening illnesses with relief. At the end of their lives, seniors often want to be in a familiar environment surrounded by loved ones. A senior home care worker can help your loved one maintain a sense of independence during this time, as well as help with their care.
When you hire someone for palliative care, whether in Toronto or anywhere, they should work closely with you and your loved one to determine the best options and goals, striving to relieve pain and improve your loved one's quality of life.
At Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region, our palliative home care service providers realize that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn't work when it comes to caring for patients with a serious illness; that is why we will create a care program that is suited to their needs.
Our ultimate goal with senior home care is to relieve patients' suffering and provide them with the best quality of life for both them and their families, whether they've just been diagnosed with an illness or it is advanced.
Hospice Home Care Service for Seniors
If your loved one remaining at home at the end of their life is not an option, a hospice can provide them with a comfortable environment. We also provide hospice care in North York, Toronto; as caring for a loved one on your own can be a challenge, our caregivers will help you through this difficult time.
And if it will be the first time that you have had to deal with a loved one who is at the end of their life, our hospice care providers will also help you and your family to say goodbye.
Hospice care typically relies on families and friends to provide care for seniors. However, even though you may want to spend as much time as possible with your loved one, this may not be possible; that is where our hospice care comes in. We can provide overnight care for your loved one and our caregivers will inform you immediately if there is any change in your loved one's condition. And when you can't be there, our caregivers can provide your loved one with companionship so they aren't alone, medication reminders, and prepared meals, with portions to suit their appetite.
Regardless of your needs for hospice care in Toronto and the surrounding area, whether it's a few hours, overnight, or a couple days a week, the caregivers at Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region will provide seniors with the services they need at an affordable price.
What’s Included in our Palliative Care Program?
Whether you or your loved one have opted to receive palliative care at home or in a hospice, our professional, experienced, and compassionate caregivers are available 24/7 to provide the support and care your loved one needs. We're dedicated to guaranteeing that all seniors within our care have everything they need and are made to feel as comfortable and pain-free as possible during this extremely difficult time. On top of that, we also provide extensive emotional care services for the family members and friends of seniors who are ill and reaching the end of their lives.
At Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region, our main priority is to help the families of our senior patients overcome the stress and emotions that are associated with a loved one's passing as well as provide the support necessary to make your loved one's final days as comfortable we can. Our extensive at-home palliative care services in Toronto include the following:
Ensuring the Comfort and Safety of Your Loved One
Our caregivers are specially trained to keep a protective eye over their charges and be available at any given moment to adhere to their needs. Whether that includes helping them around the house, completing minor chores, spending time with them, or anything else that'll help to improve the quality of life of your loved one. The level of dedication provided by our caregivers is unparalleled and it'll give you the peace of mind you need knowing that your loved one is being well cared for.
Providing a Strong Emotional Support System for You and Your Loved One
As you can imagine, patients who are nearing the end of their lives are often scared and very confused. Sometimes, they're not entirely able to verbally communicate these emotions and they might act out in different ways. Professional caregivers are fully equipped to act as an emotional crutch or support system not only for their patients, but also their patients' family members who might be having a hard time processing the situation.
Regularly Turning the Bed over to Prevent Bed Sores
One of the worst nuisances a bedridden patient in palliative care can experience is bed sores. This is a result of lying down in a stagnant position for weeks on end without moving around. They can be painful, itchy, and just generally irritating. To prevent this from happening to your loved one in addition to everything else they're enduring, our caregivers will make sure to regularly flip over their mattress and make sure they get some mobility.
Maintaining Your Loved One’s Personal Hygiene
Another extremely important aspect of providing quality palliative care that's often overlooked is executing proper personal hygiene practices. Our caregivers are responsible for making sure your loved one bathes, brushes their hair, and brushes their teeth on a regular basis. Patients who need special assistance or encouragement performing these tasks will receive it.
Assistance with Mobility
From time to time, bedridden seniors require assistance with mobility including getting up to go to the bathroom or moving from their bed to a chair to prevent their limbs from swelling up due to lack of movement. All of our caregivers are well-versed in the proper procedures involving how to gently maneuver your loved one so that they feel minimal pain and discomfort. They'll also transport them to and from doctor's appointments to make sure they never miss an important checkup.
Oftentimes, when people - particularly seniors - are diagnosed with a life threatening or terminal illness, depression is one of the many symptoms that can take its toll on their mental health. Simply having someone constantly by their side that's responsible for taking care of them, responding to their every need, and spending quality time with them can help alleviate these feelings of loneliness, sadness, and despair or prevent them from developing at all. It's important not to underestimate the power of strong companionship during this difficult period in your loved one's life.
More than anything else, your elderly loved one will appreciate having someone around to spend time with them and listen to their stories or simply engage in their favourite activities to help them pass the time faster. This type of personal companionship is invaluable to someone who's facing unimaginably difficult circumstances and it can help ward off feelings of loneliness, abandonment, and despair.
Offering Respite for Family and Friends
Understandably, you want to be there for your elderly loved one as much as possible while they're enduring a serious illness, and this is very admirable. However, you must keep in mind that it's equally important to take care of yourself throughout this entire ordeal as well. Caring for an elderly loved one with a serious illness can take a huge toll on your mental and physical well-being. Just know that you don't have to do it alone and there's plenty of professional assistance available to give you the rest and respite you need from time to time.
Providing Regular Status Updates
You can rest assured knowing that no matter what happens when you're not physically with your loved one, our responsible and reliable caregivers will provide you with routine status updates and alert you immediately if anything changes. That way, you'll always know what's going on with your loved one and you don't have to feel guilty if you're not with them every waking moment.
Types of Palliative Care We Specialize in
Bone Marrow Transplant
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Congestive Heart Failure
Eosinophil Associated Disease
Head and neck cancer
Leukemia and Lymphoma
- Multiple Myeloma
Sickle Cell Anemia
Why Choose Us for Your Loved One’s Palliative Care?
There are several reasons why you should choose Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region for your loved one's palliative care. We provide thoroughly vetted and trained caregivers who have years of experience working in their field and we also conduct strict criminal background checks to instill your peace of mind. All of our caregivers come highly recommended with strong references from their past clients and they each have the legal right and certifications to work in this country.
With flexible care packages and no long-term contractual obligations, we're the trusted partner you need on your side to provide ample care for your elderly loved one. Whether you need a part-time, full-time or live-in professional caregiver, your best option is to contact us immediately.