In this busy and competitive world, planning is essential to survive. There was a famous saying that we should have a plan whatever we do. Then only we can achieve the goal. End of Life Care is also one of the plan, taken care of. In short form, it is called EoLC. This article will give information about the necessary period of life care.
End of Life Care means one of the service or support, given to people like elders who are going to live for a short period only.
Professionals give support, especially to patients and the person who is sick and might die within 6 or 12 months. End of Life Care includes Hospice Care and Palliative Care.
Professionals from End of Life Care:
They may be doctors, nurses, hospice staff, social care staff, general practitioners, physiotherapists, or complementary therapists. If the people are being cared for at home, then the entire responsibility is by the general practitioner.
Hospice Care and Palliative Care:
The professionals taking care of patients make them feel comfortable and they are trained to handle patients suffering from both physical and mental pain. They are more focused on taking care of patients, reducing their stress, and giving them a feeling of psychological and physical relief. The professionals are mainly healthcare providers—for example, specialist palliative care nurses or specialist occupational therapists.
Reasons to Take the End of Life Care:
- If a person has an incurable disease such as cancer, asthma, neuron diseases, tumors, and other severe diseases.
- If a person has a life-threatening situation that happened by unexpected happenings like accident or stroke.
- Co-existing conditions like if the person is going to die within 12 months.
These are the three main reasons to take the End of Life Care.
The Charges for Palliative Care:
Palliative Care is provided to people for free. But there are some charges for medications, dressings, treatments, and other equipment. There may be an extra fee when care is taken in private hospitals. So, overall, ‘Palliative Care’ can be described as a special kind of service provided to the patient to improve their quality of life. In addition to this, it also acts as a ‘System Management Care’ by planning to cure patients of the early symptoms of severe diseases. Early Palliative Care not only benefits patients but also their family. So, it’s always a better idea to consult a specialist and, if possible, go for early Palliative Care.
How to Get the Caretakers:
We can get the contact directly from Palliative Care or doctors, nurses, or anyone of the family members.
Mostly End of Life Care deals with the physical, emotional, spiritual behavior of the patients. Here spiritual care is carried by the whole team with the specialist practitioners.
Principles for End of Life Care:
There are few principles involved in EoLC.
- Proper, skillful, and effective communication between the caregiver and the patients.
- Manage the pain and symptoms of the particular disease.
- Equal decision making between the patient’s family and caregiver to achieve the goal.