End of Life Care: Providing Comfort and Support
End of life care services offer physical and emotional support for individuals with a terminal illness during their final stages of life. Caregivers provide assistance to your loved one while giving your family the support they need at this difficult time.
While it’s a natural part of our life cycle, the process doesn’t make it any less difficult. An increasing number of people are choosing to spend their final days at home, so it’s important that families have access to compassionate and supportive home care services. Unfortunately, this aspect of care is often misunderstood or overlooked in the training process for caregivers and health care providers.
At Visiting Angels®, we provide options to help you and your loved one during this transition. Our care team will keep your loved one as comfortable as possible. While our program does not include hospice care, our caregivers can work alongside and support the hospice team. We will also support you and your family, providing a helping hand whenever you need one.
What is End of Life Care?
When a family member is diagnosed with a limited life expectancy, they often require some form of care to address pain and other symptoms. End of life home care is a common solution. In many cases, responsibilities fall on close family and friends. If you find yourself in this position, you might also find that you don’t have the physical or emotional strength to shoulder these responsibilities all on your own. Visiting Angels can help.
Our compassionate services give you, your family, and your loved one the assistance needed during the final stages of life. Visiting Angels offers a dedicated level of support you need through our Life Care Navigation™ collection of senior care services. Our approach is outlined in our Practical Care Tips for End of Life program, designed to provide caregivers with the information needed to support and assist clients and their families.
Under these guidelines, Visiting Angels offers a client-focused approach. The level of care within this model is centered around your loved one’s comfort and well-being. Caregivers provide essential personal home care services to help:
- Minimize pain and other symptoms
- Assist with personal tasks such as dressing, bathing, and daily hygiene
- Alleviate feelings of loneliness, stress, and anxiety
At the same time, we make sure that family and friend caregivers get the respite and assistance they need. We perform tasks such as meal preparation, laundry, light housekeeping, shopping, and running errands. Our caregivers provide an anchor that family caregivers can turn to for moments when they feel overwhelmed, offering emotional support or a helping hand whenever needed.
End of Life Care Options
Visiting Angels can provide the compassionate care and support you need during this difficult time. To help you find the right care options for your loved one, we invite you to contact your local Visiting Angels. We will be happy to provide any information you need and help you find a convenient time and place for an in-person meeting with a Visiting Angels care director.
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Pittsburgh, PA 15234