The transition to palliative care

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is specialised care for people with serious or terminal illnesses. Although it’s usually associated with end of life care, it can be provided at any time during a period of illness, alongside other therapies and treatments. 

Essentially, palliative care focuses on keeping you or your loved one as comfortable as possible by providing relief from the symptoms and stress of having a serious illness.

There are similarities between palliative care and traditional home care. The goal of both is to improve quality of life for both the person receiving care and their loved ones, and provide emotional support.

What are the benefits of palliative care?

Like home care, our palliative care takes place at you or your loved one’s home. Our highly-trained carers work alongside the wider healthcare team to ensure continuity of care. 

We provide the highest quality of care, tailor-made to meet the specific needs of you and your loved ones. This includes:

  • The alleviation of any distressing or overwhelming symptoms.
  • Pain management.
  • Physical and emotional support, for both you and your loved ones.
  • Planning for what will happen in the event of any complications or when the person passes away.
  • Helping to improve quality of life for both you and your loved ones.

Why Choice Care?

With Choice Care, your loved one can receive the same level of support in the comfort of their own home. This is particularly important when palliative care is provided as part of their end-of-life care, so they can spend their last days in the place they feel most comfortable.

In addition to having a team of sensitive, compassionate carers, we’ve gained the NHS End of Life Accreditation with East Lancashire Hospice, and we work with McMillan and Marie Curie nurses, as well as the wider healthcare team to ensure we follow palliative care best practices.

When to start palliative care

Starting palliative care is easy. It can be provided at any stage of an illness, even as soon as you receive a diagnosis or begin treatment. If managing daily life has become difficult for you or your loved one, then it’s time to seek support. 

It’s often best to begin palliative care early to help with relieving pain, fatigue, depression and anxiety, which can set in at the beginning of treatment. 

Our palliative care teams understand the challenges and changes that you and your family are going through, and will be there to support you every step of the way.

If you’re interested in palliative or end of life care in Blackburn, contact us on 01254 504905.