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End of Life Care
As a person moves towards the end of their life, they may experience the need for more bespoke and individual care services according to their and their family’s needs. This can include support with getting ready for the day or more comprehensive support including help with medication, personal care and nursing support and working with other health professionals.
Whilst the decision to commission care may feel like a loss of independence, sometimes the issue for families is around having limited amounts of time to spend with their relative.
By commissioning Liberty Private Care to assist with the practicalities of care & support, it means families will have more quality time to spend with the person approaching the end of their life.
All our carers are qualified, experienced and have completed palliative care, end of life and other training to ensure that they provide the best care and support available. We don’t believe in a ‘one size fits all’ perspective. All our clients and those closest to them are all different and have their own concerns, needs and perspectives that we encompass. It’s not just about providing care, it’s going the extra mile to deal with a difficulty that someone has and alleviating that concern or need.
We are currently working towards the Six Steps End of Life Accreditation with the Countess Mountbatten Hospice in Southampton and expect to have a formal accreditation by spring 2020, which means that clients can rely on a service which has met a set of standards independently assessed by the Hospice and recognised by national bodies such as the NHS, Cancer Networks and Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Our Registered Manager, Andrew Key has already been through the training and accreditation process for Six Steps End of Life in 2016.
WHAT IS THE SIX STEPS END OF LIFE ACCREDITATION?
The Six Steps to Success End of Life accreditation is a national scheme and has been designed to be delivered to support the organisational change required to support the delivery of quality end of life care. The Six Steps to Success Domiciliary Carer Programme supports and enhances the Organisational programme by upskilling and developing staff to meet the wider organisational objectives.
The programme consists of six main steps
Step 1 Discussions as end of life approaches
Step 2 Assessment, care planning and review
Step 3 Coordination of care
Step 4 Delivery of high quality care in domiciliary care organisations
Step 5 Care in the last days of life
Step 6 Care after death
WORKING WITH HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND OTHERS
To provide successful and meaningful palliative or end of life care Liberty Private Care works with allied health professions such as District Nurses, Macmillan and Marie Currie nurses and also with Doctors and Consultants, private and NHS based, to ensure that professional direction is carried out and in a way that meets the expectations of the client.
Sometimes a client will have another person or representative making decisions for them either as a representative or in a more formal capacity with a Lasting Power of Attorney which can be either for Health and Wellbeing or concerned with Finance and Property. We are accustomed to coordinating with the various available representatives and managing the desired level of care for the client, their family and those representing them, and providing important input to assist appropriate decision making to take place.
Our ethos is to follow the Six Step Programme and to provide a bespoke service to our clients, combined with our concierge service, which exceeds our clients expectations.
What is the difference between palliative care and end of life care?
Palliative care is for people with a life-limiting illness and provides the treatment, care and support required. It’s sometimes called ‘supportive care’. The aim of palliative care is to help you to have a good quality of life.
Liberty Private Care can help you be as well and active as possible in the time you have left with things such as washing, dressing and eating, managing your physical symptoms such as pain and providing emotional, spiritual and psychological support for you, your family and friends.
We can provide palliative care at any stage of your illness, some people receive palliative care for years. Having palliative care doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re likely to die soon.
You can also have palliative care alongside treatments, therapies and medicines aimed at controlling your illness, such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
Palliative care does include caring for people who are nearing the end of life though and this is sometimes called End of Life Care.
End of Life Care
End of life care includes treatment, care and support for people who are nearing the end of their life and is for people who are thought to be in the last year of their life, although this timeframe can be difficult to predict, sometimes it may only be provided in the last few weeks of life.
Liberty Private Care will endeavour to help your remaining time be as comfortable and stress free as possible by working with other health professionals to manage your physical symptoms, giving emotional support to you and your family and being an advocate for you when necessary.
Often carers and others do not know what to say as someone nears the end of their life and treat death as a taboo subject. The carers and management team at Liberty Private Care have the training and experience to sensitively deal with this difficult area and can therefore give both the client and their family the full support needed.
If you would like to discuss this service further, please telephone us on 01202 800494
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