Palliative care is a holistic approach to health care when someone has been diagnosed with a life-threatening or critical illness. The ultimate goal of Palliative Care is to relieve patients from pain be it physical or emotional.

Receiving news about a life-limiting disease is not easy and involves an incredible amount of understanding and tender compassion. Such a diagnosis likely means that routines for friends and families have to change in order to accommodate the well-being of the person affected.

With Palliative Care, the focus of a patient’s healthcare plan switches from finding a cure to increasing their quality of life.

Integracare is a health care service provider that has been serving Seniors in Toronto and Mississauga for over 25 years. We offer in-home health care, providing health services and personal support for Clients in the comfort of their own homes.

We pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality Palliative Care in the industry. More and more Seniors are choosing to maintain a sense of independence and comfort as they age by living at home. If someone has been diagnosed with a critical condition, continuing to live in the place that they know best and feel most comfortable in is the surest way to allow them dignity and peace of mind.

If there is a loved one in your life who requires Palliative Care, consider how in-home healthcare can increase their overall health, wellness, and quality of life.

What does Palliative Care Entail?

The main intention of Palliative Care is to alleviate pain. To do this, Palliative Care is comprised of physical, social, emotional, and mental support that is provided by professionals such as nurses, personal support workers, and specialized health practitioners such as a Registered Massage Therapists (RMT) or Physiotherapists.

Many people inaccurately associate Palliative Care with cancer only. However, Palliative Care may be needed to be integrated into treatment plans for several other diseases. We recommend making Palliative Care it an integral part of your loved one’s health care plan during treatment for the following diseases:

  • Cancer
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Kidney failure
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • Arthritis
  • Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related illnesses

These illnesses can be debilitating and emotionally draining on patients, families, and friends. Integracare offers a Live In caregiver program with an exceptional team of Personal Support Workers (PSWs) and Caregivers, and they do everything in their power to assure comfort and happiness for all of our clients.

Benefits of Live-In Caregivers

Live In Caregivers During a Time of Palliative Care

Integracare’s Live-In Caregiver program is for Clients who require daily support because of symptoms and side effects from medications, treatments such as chemotherapy, and additional health factors caused by illness.

Our compassionate and professional Live-In Caregivers are meticulously screened with background and reference checks and a detailed interview process to ensure that they can develop strong relationships with Clients and bring joy to their lives.

Integracare’s Live-In Caregivers are equipped to assist with light household chores, meal preparation, feeding, dressing, and other duties as assigned. Our screening and matching process is thorough to ensure that every client is paired with the most appropriate Caregiver who can provide him or her with the resources and compassion that our Client’s need to succeed in finding wellness and comfort at home.

Live-In Caregivers provide outstanding companionship. We understand that you can’t always commit to being there for your loved one, and that life is unpredictable and hectic. We also strongly believe that Live In Caregivers give you and your family a much deserved break to take a little time to yourselves.

With Live-In care, your loved one can become personally familiar with their Caregiver, which enhances comfort and a feeling of security. Our empathetic and compassionate Caregivers understand how important it is to get to know our clients. We make it a point to pair Caregivers with Clients based on their particular medical needs and personal preferences.

These carefully selected Live-In Caregivers provide person-centred care plans created by our Registered Nursing Coordinators to suit a Client’s individual abilities and interests. You can relax in knowing that your friend or family member will never be alone, and there is always a compassionate support worker close by to see to their needs.

Additional Critical Medical Support  

As well as offering Live-In Caregivers, Integracare has an exceptional team of in home Palliative Care nursing professionals who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and go directly to wherever your loved one calls home.

Limiting the amount of appointment visits outside of the home for a Senior lessens the stress of having to plan and navigate transportation, and it allows them to remain comfortable in a safe space.

Integracare Registered Practical Nurses are also available and can provide professional care, as necessary when there are wounds to attend to, medicines that need to be administered, regular injections that need to be given, or when catheter care is required.

Our RPNs are also available to escort Clients to appointments and events, if required, and to assist with medical equipment and other devices. As with all of our Caregivers, Integracare RPNs demonstrate compassion and kindness in any service they provide.

Our Registered Practical Nurses have ongoing training and education sessions to ensure that they are well equipped to provide assistance in any situation. The health and wellness of our Clients is our absolute top priority.

We also offer specialized in-home services to give Palliative Care Clients a fulfilling and healthy lifestyle, including massage therapy.

The Extraordinary Benefits of Massage Therapy

Integracare offers massage therapy in home services from our professional RMTs. For those in Palliative Care, massage therapy offers unique advantages for health and emotional well-being.

To understand massage therapy on a basic level, circulation is improved by massage strokes and techniques. Massage Therapy increases blood flow to joints and other parts of the body and creates a relaxing effect.

Improved circulation can heighten the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells. As cellular health improves tissue function more efficiently, helping to alleviate pain.

In addition to the scientific aspect of massage therapy, it also provides Clients with the healing power of touch.

Full-blown massage treatments may not be possible at certain stages when a Client may be in a fragile physical state. However, even at these stages, there’s something called attentive touch that eases discomfort wherever it is needed.

Attentive touch may take the form of a gentle foot or hand massage, for example. Whatever the case may be, attentive touch can reduce stress and anxiety, allowing for relaxation.

A strong connection can be made between a Client and an RMT through the tactile effect of massage. Message Therapy lets patients know that they are loved and cared for.

There are powerful healing qualities to massage therapy, especially in times of duress and uncertainty. Our RMTs use gentle and compassionate techniques to demonstrate to Clients that they are not alone in this time of life.

Making the decision to provide a loved one with Palliative Care is not a simple process. It can feel confusing and scary, and we understand the daunting complexities that are involved. At Integracare, nothing matters more to us than the health and well-being of our Clients.

Consider how our services will benefit you and your family. We are available to chat 24 hours a day, seven days a week.