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Palliative Care

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Palliative care is the active holistic care of patients with advanced progressive illness. Management of pain and other symptoms and provision of psychological, social and spiritual support is paramount. The goal of palliative care is achievement of the best quality of life for patients and their families.

Paramount Live-in Care aims to:

  • Affirm life and regard dying as a normal process
  • Provide relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
  • Integrate the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care
  • Offer a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death
  • Offer a support system to help the family cope during the patient’s illness and in their own bereavement.
  • Offer all practical tasks required in the client’s home.

Palliative care is provided by two distinct categories of care professionals:

  • Those providing the day-to-day care to patients and carers in their homes
  • Those who specialise in palliative care (consultants in palliative medicine and clinical nurse specialists in palliative care, for example)

Paramount Live-in Care, including carers engaged with Paramount can:

  • Assess the care needs of each patient and their families across the domains of physical, psychological, social spiritual and information needs
  • Meet those needs within the limits of their knowledge, skills, competence in palliate-tive care
  • Know when to seek advice from or refer to specialist palliative care services
  • Advise and support to all the people involved in a patient’s care.
  • Know when to seek advice from or refer to specialist palliative care services
  • Advice and support to all the people involved in a patient’s care.

These services are provided by specialist multidisciplinary palliative care teams.

Many teams also now provide extended specialist palliative nursing, medical, social and emotional support and care in the patient’s home, often known as ‘hospice at home’.