The Importance of Palliative Care for Elderly Patients

Here at Willow Grange, we provide a range of care services, including palliative care, for elderly residents.

We understand that it can be upsetting to see how a serious illness may affect your loved one. Our professional and compassionate nurses are on hand to provide the following palliative care services:

  • 24/7 expert care 
  • Emotional support for the patient and their family
  • A detailed advanced care plan to keep families and residents informed

 

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Palliative care is a medical caregiving approach that aims to optimise the quality of life of people who have a serious illness. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) describes palliative care as: 

“an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial, and spiritual.”

Palliative care services include pain or symptom management, family support, and care coordination. Depending on the specific needs of the person who is receiving care, our specialist palliative care team will work alongside a number of other professionals. As part of the care plan, we might work with consultants, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, social workers, chaplains, and nutritionists. 

While palliative care doesn’t treat the disease directly, it is appropriate for people with serious illnesses – either as the main goal of care or alongside a curative treatment.

 

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Elderly palliative care can be delivered at any stage of an illness – sometimes alongside treatments that are hoped to cure symptoms or extend life. 

Palliative care is a practical option for people with a serious or terminal illness. Although it is typically the case that palliative care is provided at the end of someone’s life, it can be helpful for a person at any stage of their illness. This is because its aim is broadly to improve the quality of life for those with a chronic illness. 

We believe it is important to discuss the needs of the patient with them and their family, in order to determine their optimum care goals. This is particularly the case if:

  • A prognosis is uncertain
  • The patient has Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or another form of incurable memory condition
  • The patient opts to discontinue with curative care
  • Treatment may have unknown results 

As experts in palliative care for elderly residents, we do all that we can to provide comfort and support at this stage of life. 

 

The Importance of Palliative Care for Elderly Patients

As an established residential care home, we are often asked: ‘what is palliative care for the elderly at Willow Grange?’. Our palliative care involves a complex and individual plan but, in general, we are here to ensure that your loved one receives the care they need and deserve. 

Our dedicated palliative care services team is experienced at providing outstanding care in our comfortable and homely environment. As well as administering pain management, we also prepare nutritious and appropriate meals and our team offers empathetic companionship and emotional support.

Our specialist palliative care team understands that pain or other symptoms of serious illness are likely to impact on quality of life. This can leave a patient lacking the energy or motivation to do the things they once enjoyed. We take the time to understand what each person needs, and do all that we can to make their days meaningful and enjoyable. 

Our Specialist Palliative Care Team also Supports Families 

As elderly palliative care providers, we understand that if your loved one needs palliative nursing it can be a distressing and overwhelming time for the whole family.

Our experienced and knowledgeable nurses are experts in palliative care for elderly residents. As part of their outstanding care, our nurses also offer emotional support and consistency to families during this difficult time. They will provide you with peace of mind and support so that you and your family can make the most of your time together.

 

Trusted Palliative Care for Elderly Patients

When your loved one moves to Willow Grange, they become a part of our family. You have our assurance that they will be treated with care and dignity, in our homely environment. 

We are proud to provide high quality support and care to our elderly residents, whatever their needs. Please click to read more about our specialist palliative care services.  As well as palliative care, we also offer: 

To discover more about our Surbiton care home, or to book a visit to Willow Grange, please get in touch with us today on 020 8399 8948.