November’s National Home Care Month brings awareness to the benefits home health care nurses provide when it comes to palliative care. When a person has a terminal illness, such as end-stage cancer, being in a sterile hospital room isn’t always desirable. Sometimes, a person wants to be at home surrounded by family. That’s precisely what palliative care provides.
How Palliative Care Works
Palliative care provides the medical, spiritual, and emotional care your dad and family need in the last few months of a terminal condition. The care team works closely with your family and doctors to make sure your dad is comfortable by managing the pain and symptoms of the disease.
The home health care team may ask for one family member to be the primary family caregiver. That will be the person making decisions during palliative care. Generally, the person named as agent on medical power of attorney forms is the person chosen to be the primary family caregiver.
Through family meetings, you’re kept informed of the stages and what happens next. Nurses and nursing assistants are there for support and can show you what you can do to help. If you need a break, the palliative team can take over the things or arrange to have caregivers temporarily take over the tasks you were doing to help your dad.
An aspect of hospice care is for bereavement needs. You’re going to mourn your dad, and a home health care agency can arrange the right professionals to help you through the grief process.
Plans Are Easily Changed
What happens if your family changes plans? Your dad initially wanted to forgo additional cancer treatments, but now he’s changed his mind and wants to try something the doctor suggested. It’s okay. Home health care workers are there to support your dad and your family, even if plans change.
They can talk to doctors at a hospital and update them on everything that’s happened in the home. They’ll help get inpatient care arrangements started. When your dad is ready to return home, his home health care team will return.
Palliative care allows your dad to live at home in a stress-free, dignified manner. Instead of having to spend the rest of his life in a hospital, he’s at home in a comforting setting. Nurses are there to provide exceptional care throughout the day and night. Talk to our care agency about palliative care services today.