When a loved one has been diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, your priorities change very quickly. Concerns about work or weekend plans disappear when the well-being of friends and family are a concern.
You’ll want to ensure that your loved one receives the best possible care from professionals who know exactly what they’re doing, and who do it with empathy, compassion and kindness.
In order to provide your loved one with this kind of care after they’ve been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, your doctors and health care team may suggest Palliative Care as an addition to other treatments and therapies for their particular illness.
Palliative Care is an interdisciplinary approach that helps patients with a life-limiting illness to maintain quality of life. Palliative Care concentrates on providing relief from symptoms of pain, physical stress, and mental stress at all stages of the illness.
Often, seniors prefer to receive care at home. With the availability of dependable, flexible and professional home health care services today, it has become easier for people to age peacefully in the comfort of their own home.
Integracare is a high-quality private home health care service provider, and we bring critical health care services, including Palliative Care, to Seniors wherever they call home.
We realize that this is a sensitive time, and it is sometimes difficult to discuss and to come to terms with the reality of the situation. A qualified and compassionate Caregiver providing at-home support or nursing services can help your family transition into this challenging stage of life.
If you’re thinking about including Palliative Care as part of your loved one’s healthcare plan, consider what qualities to look for when you’re hiring in-home Caregivers.
Compassionate and Experienced Caregivers
Palliative Care is recommended to help relieve physical and emotional symptoms during treatment for the following illnesses:
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Kidney Failure
- ALS and Lou Gehrig’s disease
- Alzheimer’s and Dementia-related illnesses
When you’re searching for a Caregiver, the first thing to remember is that compassionate home Palliative Care has multiple benefits — Integracare prides itself on demonstrating this in all that we do.
Our professional Caregivers are all certified or registered, and we perform extensive background checks on everyone we hire. Aside from assuring professionalism and field expertise, the number one personality trait we look for is compassion.
Maintaining a healthy and happy quality of life is the most important aspect of your loved one’s life when they are receiving Palliative Care. Palliative Care includes social, emotional, physical, and spiritual support. With extensive training and education, our Caregivers and Registered Nursing Coordinators develop thoughtful strategies to support Clients as compassionately and effectively as possible.
Trained and Skilled Professionals
Integracare offers a variety of services. In addition to compassionate, consistent and dependable in home nursing care and personal support, we provide massage therapy and physiotherapy.
Our Integracare team also includes Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) and certified Physiotherapists who travel to clients’ homes, offering these therapeutic treatments.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
For Seniors, massage therapy can be extremely rewarding. The healing touch of an RMT while going through powerful medical treatments such as chemotherapy can be a highly valued experience.
Regular massage therapy can greatly reduce symptoms of physical pain by increasing blood flow to joints and relaxing muscles.
Serious and life-threatening illnesses can result in a challenge to a person’s mental health. Medications, treatments, and accepting means beyond our control can be exhausting and traumatic. Often when we feel stress from fear and physical treatments, our muscles tense, causing discomfort and pain.
Regular massage therapy reduces symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression because it eases the aches and pains that go along with them. In order to decrease physical and emotional stress, massage therapists use a variety of techniques to stimulate blood flow and manipulate the tissues.
The increase in blood flow that is induced promotes relaxation, helping Clients to sleep better and to feel more at ease in their bodies.
In Palliative Care, RMTs use gentle stroke techniques to accommodate any pain that one experiences. Clients don’t even have to leave their homes to receive Integracare massage therapy, as our RMTs come directly to them.
Benefits of Physiotherapy
Much like massage therapy, physiotherapy provides relief from physical pain caused by illness or after surgery. Using gentle exercises and stretches, our Integracare physiotherapists work with your loved one to build strength and confidence.
Some benefits of physiotherapy include:
- An increase in flexibility, core strength, balance and mobility
- A safe exercise for Seniors
- A non-invasive treatment that doesn’t require additional pharmaceutical medications to relieve pain
- Mental health stability from an increase of serotonin and brain activity with regular exercise
Our Physiotherapists work in conjunction with RPNs and/or PSWs in Toronto and Mississauga to provide specialized assistance. A Physiotherapist concentrates on your loved one’s recovery from an injury or managing chronic pain.
Physiotherapy provides Clients with the opportunity to incorporate mild exercise into their lives. It’s often difficult to find the time or motivation to exercise in times of duress, but the reality is that it is crucial to maintaining a high quality of life.
Palliative Care for People Living with Dementia
If someone you love has been diagnosed with Dementia or Alzheimer’s diseases, it’s a good idea to talk about Palliative Care right away. Sadly, these diseases only worsen as they progress, and the sooner you find the right in-home health care plan the better it will be for you and your family.
Dementia Care is often most effective when it’s received at home. That’s why Dementia Care is a cornerstone of Integracare’s home health care services. Integracare is the only home health care company in Toronto to ensure that all of its Caregivers are educated in all four facets of Dementia Care.
We offer education for our Caregivers through an exclusive partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto. Part of providing exceptional Palliative Care for a Client with Dementia is being able to assess discomfort.
Caregivers identify pain and discomfort through facial expressions, reactions, movements, and changes in mood and personality. They need to be able to effectively diagnose discomfort in order to treat it. In addition to physical care, our Caregivers communicate compassionately and minimize emotional distress with empathy and sincere patience.
Our Caregivers also provide engagement and mental stimulation in addition to medical care. Activities often include conversation, games, puzzles, and meal preparation.
If someone in your life has recently been diagnosed with a critical condition or life-threatening illness, make in-home Palliative Care a part of their health care plan. Our trained and experienced Caregivers provide compassion and kindness in any situation.
We team with you and your friends and family to build a unique person-centred care plan and the foundation of support that is so critical during this difficult time. We understand it isn’t easy, and we want you to know that you can rely on Integracare 24 hours a day, seven days a week.