Dealing with a terminal illness is never easy. Finding the right treatment and care becomes the top priority, either to help extend life or to make the patient comfortable in their last days. Palliative care is one of the options available for those looking at end of life care, either for themselves or for a loved one. It’s also used for people with complex illnesses. It helps people by managing pain and symptoms to make them as comfortable as possible. It involves a range of therapies and methods that can be tailored for each person who needs them. St Matthews Healthcare provides palliative care at several of our homes, including for people with dementia.
Care for Serious Illness
St Matthews Homecare’s homes offer services and treatment for people with dementia and Huntington’s disease, to give two examples of the people we help. When someone is suffering from a life-limiting illness, it’s essential to help them feel more comfortable and address the symptoms they experience, even if there’s no way to cure their condition. The goal is to improve the quality of life someone experiences, targeting both the physical and psychological aspects of health. The right support system should address a range of needs, from helping someone to be more active to assisting with the emotional impact of their illness.
Settings for Palliative Care
Palliative care can be given in a range of settings, from hospital and nursing homes to supported accommodation and patients’ own homes. For example, St Matthews Healthcare provides for patients at The Moreton Centre in St Leonards-on-Sea in East Sussex. As one of our centres for older people with mental health problems, it offers around the clock care that is personalised for each resident. When people have complex mental health needs, the treatments and techniques used need to be specific to their requirements. We specialise in tailored care for those who need high levels of support.
Alleviating Pain and Symptoms
One of the main goals of palliative care is to manage pain and address symptoms. With mental health issues such as dementia, this can include managing challenging behaviours to help improve quality of life. In addition to providing medication and various treatments and therapies, we have a comprehensive team of staff that includes dieticians, psychiatrists and physiotherapists. Our services take a holistic approach to each resident to treat them as a whole person, help to make them comfortable, and perhaps even prolong their life.
Facilities at St Matthews Healthcare Residential Home
Around the clock care at St Matthews facilities involves a lot of different factors to deliver the best experience for residents. Our care homes offer a range of activities that help to keep people active in both body and mind. While benefiting from tailored therapies to improve their quality of life, residents of our homes also have the ability to enjoy their surroundings and the activities that are on offer. Our dedicated staff are there for our residents 24/7.
Delivering the right type of care to meet the needs of each individual is our top priority. Palliative care can help many people, giving them a better quality of life when they need it most.