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How Can In-Home Care Provide End-of-Life Support?

Last updated on January 12, 2022

The impending passing of a loved one is never easy, but being prepared can help families provide the best care possible. Many people with a life-limiting illness choose to spend their final days at home. Therefore, family and close friends need to decide who will be there to provide emotional and physical support. Unfortunately, this responsibility can be overwhelming to bear for some, and professional support may be required.

Professional End-of-Life Care at Home

End-of-life care refers to any care — including personal, hospice, and palliative care — provided during the final stages of life when a person has a terminal condition and is not expected to survive for more than six months.

The professional and dedicated caregivers at Visiting Angels offer personalized end-of-life care with dignity and compassion. Although they cannot provide medical care, they will take steps to make sure your loved one is safe, comfortable, and at ease.

Our in-home caregivers provide essential services such as:

  • Dressing
  • Bathing
  • Grooming
  • Toileting
  • Meal preparation
  • Repositioning
  • Light housekeeping
  • Errands
  • Companionship

Do Visiting Angels Caregivers Receive Training in End-of-Life Care?

Yes, Visiting Angels caregivers have access to non-medical end-of-life care training. The training includes information on the stages of death and dying, which provides the background knowledge they need to support seniors and their families. 

Caregivers also receive training on what they should do if an older adult passes away while under their care. This comprehensive training outlines specific protocols and enables them to respond compassionately while helping the family through the next required steps. 

How Do Visiting Angels Caregivers Collaborate with Hospice?

Through a specialized coordination-of-care system, Visiting Angels caregivers can collaborate with hospice providers, share care goals, and communicate about an older adult’s condition. 

How do Visiting Angels Caregivers Support Families During End-of-Life Care?

Visiting Angels caregivers serve as “eyes and ears” for families and keep a watchful eye on a loved one’s condition to check for any changes. They will monitor for concerning signs that may warrant medical attention.

Visiting Angels Can Provide Peace of Mind

Professional home care from Visiting Angels offers much-needed non-medical assistance for a dying loved one and support for families as they navigate through this difficult time.

Has your loved one been diagnosed with a terminal condition, or are you planning their future care needs? Schedule a no-cost, no-obligation home care consultation with a qualified Visiting Angels representative. Our team can provide you with the information you need to surround your loved one with personal care and comfort during their final days.

If you're interested in our compassionate home care services for you or a loved one, contact your nearest Visiting Angels home care agency today or call 800-365-4189.
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