The little things in life really do make all the difference and this becomes even more apparent with end of life care. We tend to focus on the practical aspect of palliative care and in particular relieving physical pain and discomfort. Although obviously hugely important, we also need to consider the importance of communication and support with those who have reached the end of their life and the family who care for them.
Communicating with the individual and their family
Good and active communication is vital in end of life care. Feelings will need to be expressed, as well as the need to talk and connect with others. This can be difficult in individuals who can no longer talk. This is when we need to use non-verbal communication such as touch and facial expressions to show we are connected.
It is also important to communicate with close family members, especially those who are still providing care and support. They too will need someone to communicate with and should be allowed to express any worries or concerns about their loved one.
It’s important to listen
Talking is important but it is also important to listen. The individual may wish to talk about their past or to simply express what is on their mind, knowing that they have very little time left. It’s important that nursing and homecare staff take the time to listen. Family members will also need a listening ear that offers no judgement. It is often easier to talk to someone outside of the family.
It is vital that all home carers provide emotional support to those reaching the end of their life. The individual may be worried about those loved ones they are leaving behind, or be fearful of death. Offering physical touch and a physical presence gives them comfort in knowing they are not alone.
If you are searching for nursing care services in Lancashire that offer end of life care services in your own home, then Caring Hands can help you. To learn more about our end of life homecare Lancashire services then please do get in touch with us today.