We understand that arranging end of life care for your loved one can be extremely difficult and perhaps even overwhelming. Of course, you want your loved one to be well cared for and comfortable during their final days. Our end of life care services can support both individuals and their families through this difficult time.
In this blog post, we discuss end of life care in Christchurch and the surrounding area. We hope that it provides you and your family with some peace of mind knowing that your loved one will receive the physical and emotional support they need.
What is end of life care?
We believe every person has the right to choose where they wish to spend their final moments. They deserve to remain in a place they feel most safe, comfortable and at ease. That’s why we provide end of life care at home.
Our services take into consideration the physical and emotional pain that may be present during this challenging time. That’s why our compassionate carers provide emotional, spiritual and psychological support to the whole family. This is in addition to providing physical support to your loved one, including meal preparation, personal care, housekeeping, administering medication and continence care.
Six Steps End of Life accreditation
To ensure that the highest standards are met when delivering end of life care, we have achieved the Six Steps End of Life accreditation. We use this approach and apply its principles to the care we provide so that you can rest assured that your loved one is receiving the very best quality of care possible.
Step One – Communication Skills
Many people find it hard to talk about illness, dying and death. By understanding the elements of good communication and knowing the importance of talking about bereavement and illness, our staff are equipped to lead difficult conversations with sensitivity and respect.
Step Two – Discussions as End of Life Approaches
This step explores the principles of dignity to ensure your loved one is treated with the utmost respect. It also involves identifying when someone is approaching the end of their life to properly prepare all involved.
Step Three – Holistic Assessment and Care Planning
By understanding the care planning cycle and the importance of proper documentation, our staff can make arranging end of life care as easy as possible.
Step Four – Coordinating End of Life Care
Having a thorough knowledge of professionals and organisations that can support end of life care ensures your loved one receives any additional support they may require.
Step Five – Care in the Last Days and hours of life
With compassion and respect, we’ll be by your side offering emotional and psychological support through the final moments while helping your loved one maintain dignity in their last days and hours of life.
Step Six – Care after Death
In the final stage, we’ll provide bereavement support to family and friends. We also have a thorough understanding of conducting last offices with dignity and respect, as well as an understanding of certification of death.
Get in touch
If you have any questions or concerns about end of life care, we would be happy to help you. Please do not hesitate to get in touch or phone us on 01202 800 494. Our professional staff are happy to answer any of your questions or support you and your family in whatever way we can.