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Palliative Care

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 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 quality of life. According to research done by the University of Alberta, 90% of people would prefer to die at home. As part of home health care in Toronto and home health care in Mississauga, 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.

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.

Undergoing treatment for cancer or other serious illnesses is a draining process. It can leave patients feeling fatigued, depressed, and have side effects such as nausea, anxiety, difficult 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.

Palliative Care is often confused with hospice care, but there’s a big difference. Palliative Care can occur at any stage of primary treatment. Hospice care is limited to patients whose doctor has certified that the patient may not live beyond 6 months. As a type of care designed to improve quality of life, Palliative Care is an important aspect of treating a life-threatening condition or serious illnesses.

Introducing Palliative Care to Home Health Care in Toronto and Mississauga

When should you start considering Palliative Care? Palliative Care is often recommended 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

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.

Palliative Care and Other Types of Home Care Services in Toronto

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

Private home health care works best when it is coordinated and supervised. Integracare Caregivers are educated in Palliative Care and regularly receive on-site supervision to ensure 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 and 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 symptons, 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 and 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.

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 in Toronto and home care services in Mississauga. Integracare is the only home health care company to ensure that all its Caregivers are educated in all four facets of Dementia Care.

Whether they arrive at your home to provide Dementia Care, Palliative Care, or another home care service in Toronto or Mississauga, Integracare Caregivers are well-equipped to care for Clients with Dementia.

Integracare offers free training for its Caregivers in Palliative Care for Dementia sufferers 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 home care services in Toronto or home care services in Mississauga, you should expect a Caregiver who is educated in Palliative Care for Dementia Sufferers and will meet your complete care requirements and go beyond. Integracare understands your concerns about getting home health care in Toronto and home health care in Mississauga, and we want to make the decision as easy as possible.

Part of providing exceptional Palliative Care for a Client 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. Home health 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 quality 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 and Palliative Care. Our Caregivers are guided by Registered Nursing Coordinators who ensure you or your loved one is getting the care and attention they need.

Assistive Devices and Medical Equipment Included in Home Health Care in Toronto

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 home health care in Toronto or home health care in Mississauga.

There a number of non-prescription pharmacy and nursing supplies that Integracare can precure 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. Let Integracare take the worry out of home health care in Toronto. Find out more about assistive devices, medical equipment, and related services offered alongside home nursing in Toronto and home nursing in Mississauga.

Why Senior Home Care in Toronto and Mississauga Matters

Home care matters because it allows Seniors to age well and in place. By bringing care such as Dementia Care, Palliative Care, Wound Care, Physiotherapy, and Massage Therapy, families don’t have to deal with the stress of transportation, transferring, and making it to appointments on time. For long-term illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia-related illnesses, Senior home care in Toronto and Senior home care in Mississauga can help reduce or relieve the progression of symptoms by allowing treatment to happen in a comforting and familiar environment. Home health care is increasingly seen as a better way to provide treatment and care. Aging in place is also the preference of the large majority of Seniors.

Another advantage to Senior home care in Toronto and Mississauga is that many care facilities don’t allow residents to bring their pets. Rehoming a beloved pet can be a truly difficult experience for anyone who has bonded closely with an animal. Pets can alleviate loneliness and depression, common symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia. The emotional toll of being diagnosed with a serious illness, leaving home, and having to part with a pet is considerable.

Instead, home health care options allow Seniors to stay in the comfort of their own home.

When the time comes to discuss home care services in Toronto or Mississauga with your family, call Integracare to find out more about how we can help your family facilitate you or your loved one’s desire to age in place while receiving care. Our helpful staff can answer your questions about home health care in Toronto and home healthcare services in Mississauga and our available services.

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