Caring for a sick elderly loved one can be overwhelming. It’s natural for caregivers to want to give their senior family members the best care possible, however, they may not have the time or resources. Omaha Home Care Assistance understands family members can’t be everywhere at once and offers some information on palliative care, which can help your loved one find the relief he or she needs when facing a serious injury or illness.
What Is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is designed to help treat an individual’s symptoms and side effects from illnesses. It can also treat emotional, social, practical, and spiritual issues resulting from illness. Palliative care is beneficial to senior clients because it makes them comfortable and provides additional support during a challenging time.
What’s the Difference Between Palliative and Hospice Care?
Hospice care focuses on relieving symptoms and providing comfort for patients whose life expectancy is measured in months. Palliative care, on the other hand, is given at any time during the course of an individual’s illness. Generally, hospice is given to those who are finished with treatment and curative care, whereas palliative care is usually given in conjunction with curative care.
Who Needs Palliative Care?
Seniors who have cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney failure, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, AIDS, ALS, or any other debilitating illnesses can benefit from palliative care. Additionally, those who need help managing pain, coping with their condition, managing daily life, or navigating the health care system can look into palliative care.
Who Provides Palliative Care?
Any healthcare provider can offer palliative care, including doctors, nurses, dietitians, psychologists, chaplains, and social workers. The services can be provided at home, in hospitals, or at nursing homes.
How Do You Request Palliative Care?
Palliative care is a great resource for those caring for their aging loved ones. It is best to consult with a doctor and determine what course of action would be most beneficial. Generally, palliative care will be covered by health insurance. Therefore, it is best to contact your senior loved one’s insurance company to determine which services are offered.
With the right support, providing your loved one with relief can be more manageable. During or after receiving palliative care, your senior family member may need help managing a daily routine, and Home Care Assistance can help. Call us today at 402.763.9140 and ask about our hourly or Omaha live-in home care. Our flexible care plans can be tailored to meet the needs of your loved one and promote a safe recovery from the comfort of home. Whether your loved one requires medication reminders, transportation to doctor appointments, or emotional support, our friendly caregivers can help. Request your free consultation today.