Palliative Care

Palliative care is similar to end-of-life or hospice care in that the members of a healthcare team who provide such care offer support to persons living with serious or life-limiting illness.

Palliative care is also known as ‘supportive care’ because it can ease the emotional and psychological stress that often comes with a diagnosis of serious illness; as well, palliative carers tend to the daily challenges that pain and physical discomfort can bring, both in the context of one’s own home and outside of the home. Guardian Angel Carers can work in tandem with other health care providers to help your loved one maintain his or her quality of life, from the moment of diagnosis onwards.

Serious illness of all kinds impacts all spheres of a person’s life, as well as the lives of loved ones and family members. A serious illness is often one that has no cure. Sometimes, serious illness can mean a progressive illness that gets worse over time or an illness at an advanced stage. Dementia, advanced forms of cancer, motor neuron disease and lupus are all examples of serious illnesses. Some blood disorders, disorders of the liver and /or kidneys, lung disease, and conditions of paralysis are all considered serious illness as well.

Palliative Care
Palliative Care is a holistic approach, because it deals with you as a “whole” person, not just your illness or symptoms.

Palliative care often involves a team of supportive health care providers, and Guardian Angel Carers are able to work with medical specialists and other caregivers to make sure your loved one receives customised care according to your specifications. We will be responsive and sensitive to the changing needs of your particular situation as we are aware that palliative care responds to every kind of condition serious illness offers. We can help you cope with all of the complicated and difficult aspects of your respective situation.

One important element to palliative care involves nutrition and sustenance. Guardian Angel Carers can make sure that your loved one’s nutritional needs are addressed as, sometimes, a person with serious illness might experience a loss of appetite. Appetite loss can also sometimes be linked to a feeling of nausea due to medications and/or the illness itself. Other times, appetite loss can mean that a person is feeling anxious or sad or disinterested in activity that was formerly pleasurable. Our Angels understand when more support might be needed, and will be there to provide companionship and encouragement at mealtimes while being attentive to eating patterns that might indicate a deeper concern.

Because serious illness can sometimes mean your loved one is able to do less, Guardian Angels are able to assist with essential tasks around medical care. Whether the tasks involve communication with your loved one’s regular health providers, the explanation of details to do with treatment, or medication management, Guardian Angels can provide practical and reliable support. We can also provide transportation to and from appointments. Guardian Angels will help your loved one live comfortably according their preferences, and we can also offer emotional support. Our Angels all possess caring personalities and sensitive listening skills. We all can provide warm and genuine companionship while providing household support in various forms. If more help around the house and in the garden is needed, Guardian Angel Carers can reach out to our sister company, Task Angels, for additional help.

Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust has a hospital-based palliative care team on its Chichester and Worthing sites. They can provide great support for those with life-threatening illnesses. In West Sussex there are plenty of other resources to get support:

 Contact us to learn more about the customised care Guardian Angel Carers can provide.