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End-of-Life Care

End-of-life care provides proactive palliative care services at home, symptom management to individuals in advanced stages of illness.
 
End-of-Life Care addresses the medical, physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient. It helps patients enjoy the comforts of home and family, draw on social and emotional support, and manage symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, nausea, extreme fatigue, loss of appetite and inability to sleep. Many patients and their families find that the emotional support and management of physical symptoms provided by End-of-LifeCare, can make a huge difference in the quality of life of a patient in his last days of life.
 
End-of-Life Care is available for patients with advanced life-limiting conditions of any type, including end-stage dementia, AIDS, heart disease or emphysema—as well as cancer.
 
Our End-of-Life Care Teams work together with the patient, family and the patient’s physician to: improve quality of life; relieve physical, emotional and spiritual distress; provide an individual plan of care; and give support to family members.
 
Patients who receive end-of-life care from Lifeline Healthcare, along with their families, receive services from a team of professionals who have training and expertise in managing the symptoms of advanced illness and enhancing quality of life.
 
End-of-Life Care Team include:
  • Full-time physicians who has experience in Palliative Care.
  • Nurses with special training in palliative care.
  • Social workers with understanding of special conditions of palliative care.
  • Dietitians, home health aides and therapists who specialize in complementary medicine.
  • Spiritual care counselors.
  • Volunteers with diverse backgrounds who can provide services to patients and families, including bedside yoga, hand massage, haircuts and bereavement support.
    Our dedicated team of End-of-Life Care professionals:
  • Provides early emotional support to help manage expectations for patients and families
  • Reduces unnecessary hospitalizations by empowering the patient and caregivers to effectively manage symptoms
  • Manages physical discomfort related to illness
  • Provides one-on-one continued nursing care, when needed
  • Offers bereavement counseling for families and friends.
    Planning for End of Life Care
    Thinking about and planning for end-of-life care isn’t something most of us want to do. We want to hope that our loved ones will get better, that the surgery or treatment will work and everything will be fine. It’s hard to admit that this might not happen.

    While it may be dreadful to think about a loved-one dying, one of the kindest, most considerate things you can do is help live out his or her final days as comfortably as possible. End-of-Life care allows your loved-ones to maintain his/her comfort and dignity through their last weeks or months of life. End-of-life care can provide medical, psychological and spiritual support.

    By combining compassion and sensitivity with highly skilled care, End-of-Life care will allow your loved one to pass away with comfort, grace, and dignity.
     
    Stories of Care

    When you receive End-of-Life care from Lifeline Healthcare, we make every effort to provide service and comfort that helps patients and families reframe their hopes and achieve their goals. Here are some examples of how we put our patients and their families at the center of our hospice and palliative care.

    MR. T.

    Words cannot express how very thankful we are for all the kindness, loving care and concern Lifeline Healthcare Palliative Care showed to my father.

    Dad was a very proud, independent and loving man. Being in End-of-Life Care program allowed him to keep the very important qualities that made him so special and so loved by so many people. It also allowed him to live with dignity up to the very end. He kept telling me, “I’ want to live my life ‘til I die,” and Lifeline Healthcare allowed him to do that. His nurse was just wonderful—he clicked with her from day one and told me often in those all-too-short three weeks that he really enjoyed his time with her.

    MRS. K.
    My mother, Mrs. G, died in her own home, surrounded by family and good friends during the last weeks of her life. My mother was almost 95 years old. She led an extraordinarily full and meaningful life. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, teacher, social activist, world traveler and Tagore-lover. She faced her death as she did her life—with dignity and grace.

    Although this sounds like a simple occurrence, it could not have happened without the support, professionalism and caring of the Lifeline Healthcare Palliative Care team. Every facet of your organization demonstrated excellence. Each person was kind, knowledgeable, thoughtful and highly competent. Watching someone you love slowly die is an emotional roller coaster ride for which there is no preparation. None of my family could have gotten through that painful time without your guidance and support.

    MR. S.

    Mr. S. was a 74-year-old man living with his son, daughter-in-law and their family. He had an involved extended family caring for him. He was alert and oriented and able to make his needs known. The Lifeline Healthcare Palliative Care team was also involved in his End-of-Life home care.

    His family really appreciated all that the nurse taught them and reached out for every opportunity to learn how to provide their loved one with the best care possible. As a result, they felt confident in caring for him, thereby avoiding emergencies which would have meant hospitalization. In the end, Mr.SL. was able to stay at home during the last stages of his illness. The family spoke of their initial lack of knowledge about Home Palliative Care and how they are now able to spread the word about how helpful it was to them. They had some discomfort with traditional systems, but appreciated the care that our team gave them.

    The family felt supported by our team—particularly the nurse, and appreciated that they were able to get a response whenever they needed. The family grew connected to the team and invited them to the memorial services honoring their loved one.
     

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