Palliative Care at home – What are the benefits?

 

Since 2012 Heroes Home Doctor has been a dedicated holistic home GP service that brings the care you need right to your doorstep. By using modern technology and combining this with an old-fashioned approach, we have revolutionised how patients receive their care. 

When patients are feeling unwell, the last thing they want to do is travel to a GP and wait to be seen. And for some, mobility and transportation can be an issue as well. This is why we provide in-home care so patients can receive the medical attention they need in the comfort of their own homes. Our GPs are fully licenced and can give the same services that a patient would generally receive at a clinic. 

For home-based palliative care, our GPs focus on a family-centred model. This model ensures that the patient is comfortable and gets all the emotional support they need. Palliative care at home can help patients manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life in the last months or weeks of their lives.

What is Palliative Care? 

Palliative care is care provided for a patient with a progressive disease or illness that has no cure and is expected to eventually die due to their condition. The primary goal of palliative care is to improve their quality of life and to give practical and emotional support to the patient and the family members affected by the diagnosis. 

Palliative care aims to help a patient live out the rest of their life as fully as possible, all while keeping them comfortable and keeping pain to a minimum.

End-of-life care is a later phase of palliative care that focuses on the last month or so of the patient’s life as they approach death. Because the patient’s needs are higher at this time, increased services and visits are common, and support is extended to the family of the patient, which also extends to bereavement care once the patient passes.

Who is palliative care for? 

Palliative care is for anyone who has been diagnosed with an incurable, serious illness, regardless of their age. Examples of illnesses that may need palliative care are:

  • cancer
  • terminal lung or kidney disease
  • motor neurone disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • dementia
  • multiple sclerosis 

Palliative care helps manage the symptoms and improve a patient’s quality of life while they are still living. Palliative care can run concurrently with treatments given by a patient’s primary doctor and can benefit the patient, carers, and family.

Benefits of home palliative care

In-home palliative care can be beneficial as your GP will give a patient the care they need without them having to leave the comfort of their own home. Based on the specific condition, having to commute to receive their care can make things more complicated and stressful. Furthermore, many patients want to live their last days comfortable at home and not in a hospital. 

Palliative care gives patients the authority to take control of their lives and live out their final months the way they would like to. It also gives them the option to receive medication at home and spend more time with loved ones.

Avoid hospital admission

For many, going to the hospital is a stressful and demanding experience. Being admitted to the hospital can be uncomfortable and limiting. The added effort of going to the hospital can be strenuous for some, depending on their mobility. 

With home-based palliative care, this obstacle is eliminated, and patients can receive care from a licenced and experienced GP in the comfort of their own home.  

More time with loved ones 

When a patient is in the hospital, they have to follow the hospital’s rules. This can mean anything from sharing a room to limited visitation. 

At home palliative care allows the patient to live out their life the way they want. Not being in the hospital allows for more time with their loved ones and no limit on how many visitors they can have. 

At home medication 

Going all the way to a doctor’s office and waiting to be seen just to receive your medication or travelling to a pharmacy to refill a prescription can be daunting. It can also waste precious time that a patient shouldn’t have to waste. This is why receiving care, and medication at home is priceless.

It reduces the stress of arranging transportation and allows the patient more time to focus on the things that are important to them. Through Heroes Home Doctor, medications can be administered at home that may not be provided at GP clinics.

Doctors or Nurses for Palliative Care at home? 

Heroes Home Doctor acts as your regular GP clinic, with the only difference being that the ‘office’ is in your home. If needed, we also have an affiliated clinic in Torquay that our patients can use. 

Our GPs are professional and highly skilled at rendering practitioner services to patients. They are equipped to provide in-home palliative care on their own or in collaboration with allied health professionals, district nurses, and other specialists, depending on the needs of the patient.

How do you get palliative care? 

If you or your loved one requires in-home palliative care, visit the Heroes Home Doctor website and click on the ‘Book a Home Visit’ button to get started. 

From there, you can choose from our list of available GPs and input the patient’s information.

Get help with Heroes Home Doctor Today!

Heroes Homes Doctor is an excellent option for those who need palliative care, aren’t feeling well enough to see a GP, have limited transportation and mobility options, or do not wish to go to a hospital or GP clinic. 

If you or your loved one might be interested in palliative care at home, contact us today and start getting the care you need delivered to your doorstep.