If you or your loved one has a life-threatening condition or a serious illness, then Palliative Care can reduce or relieve your physical and psychological symptoms and side effects of a serious illness.

Additionally, Palliative Care can help improve you or your loved one’s quality of life and can support your family and those you care for during end of life care. The focus of Palliative Care is on relieving or reducing pain, stress, and other symptoms.

The goal of Palliative Care is to improve a person’s quality of life. According to research done by the University of Alberta, 90% of people would prefer to die at home.

Integracare offers compassionate Palliative Care at home. Our Clients can enjoy the comforts and dignity of their chosen residence when they receive Palliative Care and primary treatment for their illness.

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What You Need to Know About Palliative Care

Undergoing treatment for cancer or other serious illnesses is a draining process. It can leave a person feeling fatigued, depressed, and have side effects such as nausea, anxiety, difficulty breathing, difficulty sleeping, or loss of appetite.

Palliative Care can treat these symptoms and make it easier for Seniors to decide to undergo primary treatment in the first place.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care treats the symptoms that occur during a life-threatening condition or a serious illness, including physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms, as well as side effects of primary treatment.

Whereas primary treatment focuses on curing the illness or extending life, Palliative Care is about improving quality of life during treatment.

Do you or a loved one need Palliative Care?

If you or your loved one has a life-threatening condition or a serious illness, then Palliative Care can reduce or relieve any physical symptoms, psychological symptoms, and side effects. According to the Government of Canada, adults between the ages of 45-74 are more likely to receive palliative care than other age groups.

What is the difference between Palliative Care & Hospice Care?

Palliative Care is often confused with hospice care, but the two are quite different. Palliative Care can occur at any stage of primary treatment. Hospice palliative care, however, is a type of care provided to people whose Doctor has certified that they may not live beyond 6 months.

When should you start considering Palliative Care?

Professionals often recommend Palliative Care to help relieve pain and stress during treatment for the following illnesses:

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

That said, Palliative care is not only for those experiencing a terminal illness. This care can also be beneficial for people suffering from an illness or undergoing treatment.

Does Palliative Care mean you are dying?

A common misconception of palliative care is that it is only received or required closer to the end of an individual’s life. While hospice care is provided closer to the end of a person’s life, general in-home palliative care can be received at any stage of illness to improve the physical and emotional well being of an individual undergoing treatment.

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Introducing Palliative Care in Toronto and Mississauga

According to the World Health Organization, 40 million people require Palliative Care every year. Anytime you’re concerned about the quality of life for you or your loved one undergoing treatment for a serious illness, Palliative Care may be appropriate to help reduce or relieve pain and other symptoms. Palliative Care can be used to treat symptoms such as nausea, pain, shortness of breath, anxiety and depression, difficulty sleeping, and loss of appetite.

Palliative Care has other benefits as well. Caregivers can help improve communication between Clients and primary health care providers through advocacy, introduce discussions about symptom management and treatment.

Integracare’s Palliative Care Services in Toronto & Mississauga

Integracare provides a variety of home care services in Mississauga and Toronto, often in conjunction with one another.

Private in-home palliative care works best when it is coordinated and supervised. Integracare Caregivers are educated in Palliative Care and regularly receive on-site supervision to ensure the quality of care. Registered Nursing Coordinators make sure that our Clients’ needs are met by the Caregivers and the types of care being provided.

In addition to Palliative Care, Integracare can provide Physiotherapy Services at home, Massage Therapy, Wound Care, Dementia Care, and more. Many of these services may be incorporated into Palliative Care.

Palliative Care & Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy, in particular, can be used effectively alongside Palliative Care. Massage Therapy is used to alleviate chronic pain and muscle tension in the back, neck, and shoulder, stress, fatigue, headaches and migraines, as well as anxiety and depression, all of which can be symptoms of serious illnesses.

For Clients who suffer from mobility issues, Massage Therapy can be used to improve circulation and nerve functions where immobility would otherwise cause degeneration, joint rigidness, and shortened muscles.

Palliative Care Massage Therapy may differ from other applications and require RMTs who are familiar with Palliative Care practices. The RMTs may adjust their techniques to suit the Clients current state of health and presenting symptoms, such as using reduced pressure in their strokes and positioning options for Clients who cannot lie face-down in a traditional massage position. An RMT will also need to know areas to avoid, such as areas near a medical device.

Palliative Care & Dementia

If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a dementia-related illness, it’s good to talk about Palliative Care now. Palliative Care can and often should start early on, concurrent with primary treatment. You can receive necessary medications, including medications to manage other chronic conditions and prevent pain and discomfort, alongside Palliative Care.

Integracare Caregivers are well-equipped to care for Clients with Dementia. Integracare offers free education for its Caregivers in Palliative Care for people living with Dementia through an exclusive partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto.

Part of our philosophy at Integracare is matching our Clients with the right Caregiver. When you need palliative care in Toronto or home care services in Mississauga, you should expect a Caregiver who is educated in Palliative Care and will meet your complete care requirements and go beyond. Integracare understands your concerns about finding the right palliative care in Toronto and Mississauga, and we want to make the decision as easy as possible.

Part of providing exceptional Palliative Care for a Client living with Dementia is being able to assess discomfort. It requires Caregivers to be able to identify pain and discomfort through facial expressions, reactions, movement, and changes (such as in mood). They need to be able to effectively diagnose discomfort in order to treat it.

In addition to physical care, it’s also up to the Caregiver to be able to communicate compassionately and minimize emotional distress. Palliative Care in Toronto and Mississauga should be about maximizing well-being and comfort and living joyfully in one’s own home. Palliative Care is an integral part of making sure our Clients can live comfortably and with dignity as they undergo primary treatment for serious illnesses. That’s only possible thanks to qualified and compassionate Caregivers given the education and resources they need to provide the best possible palliative care at home.

It’s important that our Caregivers can provide engagement, mental stimulation and companionship alongside medical care. That includes meal preparation, puzzles, games, and conversation.

Integracare brings a person-centered approach to Dementia Care services and Palliative Care. Our Caregivers are guided by Registered Nursing Coordinators on a 24/7 basis who ensure you or your loved one is getting the care and attention they need.

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Assistive Devices and Medical Equipment Included in Palliative Care in Toronto & Mississauga

Acquiring assistive devices and medical equipment is an important part of Palliative Care, and families frequently struggle with acquiring the right devices. Integracare can help you acquire the assistive devices and medical equipment you need to make the transition to in-home palliative care.

There a number of non-prescription pharmacy and nursing supplies that Integracare can procure for you or your loved ones including:

  • Gloves
  • Wound care supplies
  • Incontinent pads
  • Wound care dressings
  • Diabetic supplies

Save yourself the hassle of acquiring assistive devices and medical equipment. Find out more about assistive devices, medical equipment, and related services offered alongside palliative care in Toronto and Mississauga.

Choose Palliative Care Experts in Toronto & Mississauga

When the time comes to discuss palliative care services in Toronto or Mississauga with your family, call Integracare or get a free in-home assessment to find out more about how we can help your family facilitate you or your loved one’s care needs.

Our helpful staff can answer your questions about palliative care in Toronto and Mississauga and our other available services. Call Integracare today.