July 31, 2016

Calgary Families Have the Option of Palliative Care at Home

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Calgary families have more options than many believe they do when it comes to eldercare. If a loved one in your family has been diagnosed with a terminal illness or painful chronic condition, you don’t have to leave them in the hospital. You have options, including 24/7 live in care and palliative treatment that will allow them to live the rest of their lives in peace and dignity, in a comforting and familiar environment.

Palliative care is a unique form of treatment that focuses on maintaining quality of life at the end of life, preserving dignity, and easing pain. It means doctors and caregivers focus on alleviating symptoms, including nausea, pain, and cognitive decline. It focuses on providing this treatment in a way that is respectful and dignified for both the patient and the family, and accounts for their spiritual concerns as well as their social and cultural expectations at the end of life.

Live in caregivers are an essential part of any palliative team, alongside doctors, pharmacists, spiritual advisors, and family members, and they are at the cornerstone of the concepts of dignity and respect. They are often responsible for some of the most intimate aspects of caring for a person who cannot perform basic Activities of Daily Living themselves. It’s their job to bathe, dress, feed, and transfer patients who cannot do these things for themselves. They provide respite to family members who may take an active role and assist with ADLs (Activities of Daily Living) themselves, preventing caregiver burnout and stress within the family. They work closely with doctors to monitor and relieve pain and keep patients on their medication schedules.

Some agencies have combined their caregiver services with mobile apps, such as Calgary’s Mavencare, in order to keep families in the loop all the time. These apps allow family members to receive live updates whenever a caregiver is present and, if they are helping take a patient to doctor appointments or hospitals, where the caregiver’s mobile device is. Families can also create and keep track of medication reminder schedules and daily routines that will bring their loved ones comfort and ease. Family members are important players in Mavencare palliative care services in Calgary, as they should be with any home healthcare agency.

At this stage, it’s important to remember that palliative treatment is not about “giving up,” but working hard to maintain your loved one’s dignity in the face of a terminal condition. Keeping their treatment in the home is one of the best ways you can satisfy their wishes. Staying at home is one of the most important things to seniors facing months of illness. Engaged, connected agencies like Mavencare can also help you find the right caregiver in the long term, as well as help in an emergency, such as during a post-operation hospital discharge. You want to find someone who’s going to be able to provide the right fit, and treat your loved one with the same attention you do yourself.

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