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In-home health care for end of life patients

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When asked where they would like to die, the majority of people say that they wish to die in their own home, as long as they aren’t a burden to their own family. If you are trying to organise end of life care for a loved one here are some ways you can help. Discuss and write down an end of life plan Unfortunately, one of the things that prevents people from dying at home is loved ones calling an ambulance as soon as a medical emergency arises. In order to prevent this, discuss and write down a protocol for which circumstances an ambulance should be called and which should not. Make sure this plan is clearly displayed and ensure that anyone who is looking after your loved one is familiar with the protocol. Organise end of life, in-home health care While you are not aiming to prolong life unnecessarily, end of life patients often require in-home health care from medical professionals to manage pain medication and any medical equipment they have come in on include central lines, IVs and respirators. Having regular check-ins from medical professionals can ensure that the palliative care is managed appropriately and that there is no unnecessary suffering. This can also minimise stress for family members and allow them to focus on spending quality time with their loved one, rather than worrying about appropriate medication levels and managing the auxiliary medical equipment.  Schedule some fun and interesting activities While a lot of the focus may be on your loved one’s imminent death, it’s important to also leave some time and energy for living. Make sure to have favourite foods in the house, watch movies together and spend time doing the activities you can still manage together. In many cases, by improving the quality of life during these last days, patients often have a higher life expectancy if they receive palliative care compared to aggressive treatments. Look after yourself as well It can be very tiring to provide end of life care to a loved one, both emotionally and physically. Be sure to schedule some time where other carers take over from you so that you can rest and recharge. If you don’t have family care you can often get in-home respite care through an agency.   Allowing a loved one to die at home can be a beautiful gift for them, and a way to share these last moments with them...

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Regaining independence after a serious accident or illness

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If you have spent a long time in hospital recovering from a serious injury or accident, then you are probably extremely eager to get home, sleep in your own bed and get back to your own routines. Your doctors and loved ones may be concerned about your ability to live independently, so here are some practical things you can do to regain your independence. Purchase or hire assistive devices If you are still unsteady on your feet, or stretching to perform certain everyday tasks like getting up from a seated positon on the toilet, it can be extremely helpful to purchase or hire devices such as shower chairs or higher toilet seats. Also, having an emergency button that you can carry with you can be useful if you have an unexpected fall. While it’s easy to assume that you will always have a mobile phone within reach if you do fall, emergency buttons are much easier to operate if you are confused or in pain. Many hospitals, pharmacies or therapy practices can provide assistive devices. Organise some occupational therapy sessions at home Occupational therapy focuses on functional fitness, such as the ability to perform tasks such as dressing yourself or getting up and down stairs. Having these sessions in home can let you work out techniques for navigating any challenging parts of your home such as changes in levels as well as slippery or uneven surfaces inside or outside of your home. Occupational therapists spend a lot of time with people in recovery and are very familiar with the range of assistive devices on the market, so can also be a great resource in helping you to get set up at home. Ask for help While you might want to be fully independent, it can help to organise some extra support in the short term, including meal preparation and delivery, walking the dog, doing laundry, cleaning, doing yard work or providing transport. You probably have friends and family who want to help out, so see if you can organise some useful tasks that they can help with. Regaining your independence and getting back to your normal life won’t happen overnight, but heading home from the hospital is a great first step. Organising some in-home help and therapy visits can help you get home quicker and avoid having accidents that can set back recovery or even land you back in...

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