It’s not an easy time when someone you loved is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. You and your family will need all of the support you can get.

Often, ensuring that your loved one is comfortable becomes more important than finding a cure when dealing with life-limiting and serious conditions.

Palliative Care is a holistic approach to treating patients with serious and progressive life-limiting conditions. It focuses on the physical and emotional wellbeing and its overall goal is to increase the quality of life for both patients and families.

You’ll want to ensure that your loved one receives the utmost support during this time of need. Integracare is a health care provider for Seniors that delivers outstanding Palliative Care and other home health care services in Mississauga and Toronto.

We have been providing private nursing and a wide range of home health care services for almost 30 years.

At Integracare, we ensure that our Caregivers hold the necessary skills to assess facial expressions, reactions, movements, and personality changes in Clients so they can effectively diagnose and treat any discomfort.

Palliative Care is a person-centred approach to maintaining good physical care, and we train and educate our Caregivers to communicate compassionately and to support Clients’ emotional needs and spiritual distresses.

Our Caregivers are there to confide in and to provide support as much as possible. Your person-centered home health care plan can integrate multidisciplinary care teams that include Personal Support Workers (PSWs), Registered Practicing Nurses (RPNs), social workers, mental health workers, physiotherapists and massage therapists who visit Clients in their homes to offer customized treatment plans focused on improving their quality of life.

Uprooting someone from his or her home of many years can be traumatizing. You want to limit your family member or friend’s stress level as much as possible. Aging at home provides a great sense of comfort and immersive, individual care.

The results of one-on-one in-home health care can benefit Clients and family Caregivers greatly. Your loved one will have full attention from Integracare staff at all times, and they can stay in their own home where they feel safe, protected, and comfortable.

Consider the benefits of incorporating in-home Palliative Care into your loved one’s health care plan.

Palliative Care Provides an Improved Quality of Life

Palliative Care works as an addition to your family member or friend’s already existing health care plan as an added layer of extra support. The Palliative Care team will work with doctors and specialists to help alleviate physical and emotional pain symptoms, and help Clients cope through a difficult time.

Palliative Care is recommended during treatment for the following illnesses:

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

Massage Therapy

We believe that quality of life comes from many forms of therapy. Our highly trained Palliative Care team is comprised of compassionate Caregivers as well as professional Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs).

Touch is one of the first ways we communicate as human beings. The act of reaching out and extending a loving embracing to someone shows that they are not alone. It lets that person escape a sense of isolation, even if it’s just for a few minutes.

In addition to aiding with pain symptoms from illness or from treatments such as chemotherapy, regular massage therapy has been proven to increase the quality of life by:

  • Reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression;
  • Increasing sleep quality;
  • Easing feelings of loneliness;
  • Aiding digestion; and
  • Preventing bedsores by increasing the circulation

We are committed to delivering devoted Senior care in Mississauga and Toronto and believe that regular, gentle massage therapy is an excellent way to let our Clients know that they are loved and supported. Please visit our Mississauga page to learn more.

Palliative Care Decreases Depression and Anxiety

With a highly trained and empathetic Palliative Care team, your loved one’s mental health will be supported and nourished, and symptoms such as depression and anxiety are professionally and compassionately managed.

When an individual has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and frightened.

At Integracare, we employ compassionate and understanding Caregivers. Sometimes, all it takes to brighten someone’s day is to be heard — for someone to sit down and listen.

We can also work with counselors and social workers that will support your loved one’s emotional needs and mental health. It’s extremely important to maintain strong emotional stability during this challenging time.

It’s not fair to say that any of this will be easy, because it does take a lot of work and energy. It’s crucial for family members and friends to also keep communications open and to keep your own mental health in check. Work with a Palliative Care team that is supportive and communicates well.

Many of us have been in your shoes, and we have felt that sense of sadness and powerlessness before. Our Caregivers will be with you 100% along the way on this difficult journey, holding your hand along the way. You can trust Integracare.

Palliative Care Helps Clients Feel More In Control

It’s hard enough to be diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, so having to leave the home that you love in order to be transported to a hospital or assisted leaving can feel incredibly stressful. An individual can feel helpless when they don’t understand where they are or if they have no say in the matter.

With in-home health care, our Clients remain comfortable in their own homes. They know where things are and they feel safe. They are far more in control of their lives than if they were in an unfamiliar space such as a nursing home.

Clients don’t have to abandon items that are important to them that perhaps give them additional comforts such as cherished furniture or a book collection. Being around important objects and familiar items help people feel safe and at ease. It’s difficult to leave these precious objects behind.

The best home to be in is often your own, and we believe in-home health care gives Clients a sense of dignity and peace.

Palliative Care Places Clients’ Goals First

We truly believe that genuine compassion is the key to a successful Palliative Care plan. We discuss exactly what kind of care your loved one is looking for before we start any type of care plan. We will listen intensely to their needs: where their pain is located, how their emotional state is, and anything else that might be relevant to their particular situation.

Palliative Care is meant to heighten Clients’ quality of life and it would be impossible to do that without showing sincere empathy and compassion. We work with Clients and their friends and families to ensure everyone’s priorities are on the same page.

It’s much simpler to concentrate on a Client’s goals in a one-on-one setting at home than anywhere else. It’s private and your loved one has full attention from all staff members. We work as a team to provide everything that they need.

Palliative Care is an integral component of end-of-life care. The support received from a Palliative Care team is necessary to alleviate emotional stress, physical discomfort, and to provide psychological and spiritual consolation during a challenging time of life.

There are so many benefits of home health care and Palliative Care. Our Integracare Caregivers receive regular on-site supervision to ensure that they’re delivering the highest quality at-home support. Your loved one’s wellbeing is our only priority and we do our absolute best to educate our Caregivers and Registered Nursing Coordinators on how to deliver the highest quality care that fosters Clients’ independence and joyful living.

If someone you love is facing the challenge of a life-threatening illness or serious condition, consider the benefits of in-home Palliative Care. Our team of compassionate experts is there for you and your family 24 hours a day, seven days a week.