In-Home Palliative Care, Caregiver | Compassionate and caring Palliative caregiver within the safety and comfort of home
A loved one’s chronic illness can quickly turn a family’s life upside down when it comes to care. Watching someone cope with pain, disability, and deteriorating health is often overwhelming, especially if, as their primary caregiver, you’re responsible for their physical and emotional well-being. This is where an experienced palliative caregiver’s care can offer immense benefits.
At FCP Live-In, we believe those struggling with chronic illness deserve to live with dignity and respect, in the comfort of familiar surroundings. We believe palliative care, should be calming, tranquil, meditative, alleviating, reassuring, softening, and remedying. For over 20 years, our customized approach to live-in care and experienced caregivers have helped hundreds of people remain safe, secure, and independent at home, ins spite of their physical or cognitive limitations.
With FCP Live-In, affordable and experienced palliative caregiver care, or hospice and end-of-life-care is now easier than ever. Palliative care that is calming, reassuring, meditative, alleviating, remedying, softening, and tranquil.
Let us treat your loved one like family. Call us directly at 1(866) 559-9492.
Many People with Chronic Illness Could Benefit from a Palliative Caregiver
It’s estimated that more than 90 million American’s currently live with chronic illness.
Chronic illnesses include any long-lasting disease that requires on-going medical care and has the potential to limit an individual’s daily life or activities, such as:
- Alzheimer’s disease/dementia
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
According to one recent study, approximately 6 million people in the United States could benefit from palliative care. In fact, it’s been proven that patients who do receive palliative care have improved quality of life, experience less depression and fewer symptoms, maintain more control over their care, and avoid many of the risks associated with hospitalization. Their family caregivers also report fewer symptoms of depression, as well as improved vitality and social functioning.
Yet far too many chronic disease sufferers lack access to palliative care or only receive these services during the final stages of their illness.
What Is Palliative Care?
Palliative care aims to improve quality of life for people suffering from chronic or life-threatening illnesses by:
- Relieving the patient’s pain and other symptoms.
- Addressing the patient’s emotional and spiritual needs.
- Helping the patient and their family understand the disease and diagnosis.
- Helping the patient and family clarify treatment goals and options.
- Understanding and supporting the patient’s ability to cope with their illness.
- Assisting the patient in making medical decisions.
A palliative caregiving team usually consists of specially-trained doctors and nurses who work in coordination with the patient’s regular medical providers. Depending on an individual’s specific needs and desires, the team may also include social workers, chaplains, nutritionists, and other medical professionals.
Palliative care is sometimes confused with hospice care. That’s because hospice services also focus on maintaining the patient’s comfort and relieving symptoms. However, hospice care is only available to terminally ill patients expected to live six months or less and does not allow for any curative drugs or therapies.
Any chronically ill patient can receive palliative care, even those expected to live for years. However, unlike patients benefiting from a hospice caregiver, they will be able to access curative treatments, in addition to therapies intended to increase their comfort.
Palliative Care in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
If your loved one is in need of palliative care, you might consider looking into long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes and assisted living residences.
Nursing homes provide skilled care to patients with extensive medical needs. Unfortunately, some research suggests that nursing home residents may have little access to palliative care, with many facilities delaying such services until they near end of life. Inadequate pain management is also a major problem in many nursing homes, and most offer very little in the way of emotional support to either residents or their families.
Assisted living facilities can provide palliative care to individuals who don’t require skilled nursing services. However, assisted living tends to be very expensive, and could deplete your loved one’s financial resources in a fairly short time. If this occurs, the facility would likely require their transfer to a Medicaid nursing home, even if your loved one is able to function perfectly on their own without skilled nursing care.
Patient’s generally found they have less privacy in either of these settings, and they have to compete with other residents for the staff’s limited attention. Leaving a beloved home could also prove quite traumatic for your loved one, leading to depression and a more rapid disease progression than they might have otherwise experienced.
FCP Live-In’s Palliative caregiver support In The Home
Many palliative care agencies do offer in-home services. In this scenario, members of the palliative care team make periodic visits – usually weekly – to the patient’s residence.
In-home palliative caregiver care will spare your loved one the stress and upheaval that inevitably accompanies a move to a nursing home or other long-term care facility. However, as their primary caregiver, you will continue to be responsible for meeting their daily care needs. Of course, this may be difficult if you work, live far away, or have other family responsibilities to consider.
Fortunately, there is a better way.
At FCP Live-In, our experienced and compassionate caregivers provide one-on-one assistance and non-medical support to chronically ill patients who wish to remain in the privacy and comfort of home:
- Meal planning and preparation.
- Ensuring medications are taken on-time and in the correct dosage.
- Routine, light housekeeping.
- Assistance with personal care, including bathing and toileting.
- Assistance with shopping.
- Escorts to doctors’ appointments or social engagements.
- Encouraging exercise, as directed by their health care provider.
- The opportunity to engage in fulfilling daily activities through FCP Live-In’s “Living Well Program.”
In most circumstances, we can provide this assistance at every stage of disease progression through end of life, in coordination with your loved one’s palliative caregiving team and other medical providers, and for far less than the cost of assisted living.
And most importantly, you can rest easy knowing that your loved one’s caregivers have each undergone FCP Live-In’s strict screening and hiring process, are fully credentialed as certified nursing assistants, home health aides, or personal care assistants, and provided with ongoing training.
At FCP Live-in, we understand that families depend on our expertise to provide quality caregiver care and experiences. If you’re ready to explore the BEST solution for palliative caregiving, call 1(866) 559-9492.
About FCP Live-In And Our Palliative Caregiver Services And Support
We have provided the ultimate solution for assisted palliative care services since 1997. Our live-in caregiver services agency is committed to providing a unique and customized In-Home palliative care services approach to senior care with the goal of a lifestyle that provides enjoyment for the one in care, and families with peace of mind.
FCP Live-In is a Live-In Home Care company with over two decades of experience specializing in elderly care needs within the home. Our live-in caregiver staff provides an insurance policy of safe and supportive care, along with a 24-hour professional support system that starts with our direct care staff in the home and expands to a multi-faceted corporate structure that is there for the client and the Live-in Caregiver at all times.