If you or your loved one has a life-threatening condition or a serious illness, then at home Palliative Care can help reduce or relieve the physical and psychological symptoms and side effects in the comfort of a familiar space.
Integracare offers compassionate at-home Palliative Care in Toronto and Mississauga so that our Clients can enjoy the comforts and dignity of their chosen residence while also receiving primary treatment.
At home 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 this care is on relieving or reducing pain, stress, and other symptoms to improve a person’s quality of life.
Introducing Palliative Care in Toronto and Mississauga
Undergoing treatment for cancer or other serious illnesses is a draining process. Treatments can leave a person feeling fatigued, depressed, and cause 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.
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, this type of care may be appropriate to help reduce or relieve pain and other symptoms.
Integracare’s at-home Palliative Care Caregivers can help improve communication between Clients and primary health care providers through patient advocacy and introducing discussions about symptom management and treatment.
Integracare’s Palliative Care Services in Toronto & Mississauga
According to research done by the University of Alberta, 90% of people would prefer to die at home. Integracare provides a variety of home care services including at home Palliative Care in Mississauga and Toronto. This care works best when it is coordinated and supervised, which is why 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.
Integracare provides many services that can be incorporated into in home palliative care including Physiotherapy services, Massage Therapy, Wound Care, Dementia Care, and more.
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 shoulders. It can also be used to reduce fatigue, headaches, migraines, anxiety, stress, 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.
In this situation, Massage Therapy may differ from other applications and require Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) who are familiar with practices more geared towards this level of care. The RMTs may adjust their techniques to suit the Client’s 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.
Compassionate & Professional Care
In addition to physical care, it is also up to the Caregiver to be able to communicate compassionately and minimize emotional distress. At home Palliative Care in Toronto and Mississauga should be about maximizing well-being and comfort and living joyfully in one’s own home. This care is an integral part of making sure our Clients can live comfortably and with dignity as they undergo primary treatment for serious illnesses. Our qualified and compassionate Caregivers are given the education and resources they need to provide the best possible professional and compassionate at home Palliative care.
It is important to us that our Caregivers can provide engagement, mental stimulation, and companionship alongside medical care. That includes meal preparation, puzzles, games, and conversation. Integracare understands your concerns about finding the right in home Palliative Care in Toronto and Mississauga, and we want to make the decision as easy as possible.
Integracare brings a person-centred approach to all types of health 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.
Assistive Devices & Medical Equipment for At Home Palliative Care in Toronto & Mississauga
Acquiring assistive devices and medical equipment is an important part of live in Palliative Care, and families frequently struggle with acquiring the right equipment and supplies. Integracare can help you acquire the assistive devices and medical equipment you need to make the transition to in-home care.
There a number of non-prescription pharmacy and nursing supplies that Integracare can procure for you or your loved ones including but not limited to:
- Wound care supplies
- Incontinent pads
- Wound care dressings
- Bath seats
- Wheel chairs
- Diabetic supplies
- Hospital beds
- Hoyer lifts
Save yourself the hassle of acquiring assistive devices and medical equipment. Find out more about assistive devices, medical equipment, and related services Integracare offers alongside at home Palliative Care in Toronto and Mississauga.
Choose Palliative Care Experts in Toronto & Mississauga
When the time comes to discuss at-home or live-in palliative care services in Toronto or Mississauga with your family, call Integracare. We will provide you with 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.
We carefully select experienced caregivers and thoroughly train them to ensure they are equipped to provide the highest quality of care for our Clients. Our helpful staff can answer your questions about all of our available home care services. Call Integracare today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Palliative Care suits the physical, emotional, and social needs of a Client. It often includes medical and pain management, alongside other services like live in care.
If you or your loved one has a life-threatening condition or a serious illness, then at-home or live in 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 this care than other age groups.
Despite common thought, this level of care is not only for those living with Cancer. Professionals often recommend in-home or live in Palliative Care to help relieve pain and stress during treatment for the following illnesses:
- Alzheimer’s and dementia-related illnesses
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Kidney Failure
- ALS and Lou Gehrig’s disease
That said, this care is not only for those experiencing a terminal illness. It can also be beneficial for people suffering from an illness or undergoing treatment.
A common misconception of Palliative Care is that it is only received or required closer to the end of an individual’s life. This care can be received at any stage of illness to improve the physical and emotional well being of an individual undergoing treatment.