Senior Palliative Care Can Help Older Adults Manage Chronic Health Conditions

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Senior palliative care can provide a variety of benefits for those with chronic health conditions.

Contrary to popular belief, hospice and palliative care are not one in the same. Hospice focuses on the comfort of individuals in the last six months of life. Palliative care, however, is designed to provide an integrated approach to supporting the treatment and comfort of individuals living with serious, prolonged illness. In particular, palliative care can be an excellent option for individuals who have chronic health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease, stroke, cancer or others. According to the CDC, six out of ten adults in the United States have a chronic disease, and four out of ten adults have two or more chronic diseases.

Senior palliative care can help to improve quality of life for older adults with chronic conditions regardless of their prognoses or the treatment approaches that are being taken. A typical palliative care team might be made up of physicians, nurses, social workers, and chaplains all collaborating to determine the best therapies and interventions aimed at enriching the life of the person with a chronic illness. This can include pain management interventions, spiritual and social support, as well assistance with decision making around different treatment options. Palliative care works best when it’s accessed early in the progression of an illness, along with life-prolonging or curative treatments.

For those with chronical illness, palliative care can be a refuge in a sea of specialist visits and ever-changing treatments. Palliative teams empower those living with chronic conditions to make more informed decisions about their own care. Palliative care helps older adults and their loved ones better understand their illness, including symptoms, treatment options, stressors, and how to identify areas in which support is needed. Palliative care can also help seniors discuss and document end of life wishes with family members and physicians.

If you or a loved one is living with a chronic health condition, consider partnering with a trusted home care agency like Visiting Care Giving Services. Each of our caregivers receives specialized training in order to work in tandem with your palliative care team to ensure that you’re living comfortably and with as little stress as possible during every stage of a chronic illness. In addition, our expert care team also provides respite care for family caregivers, allowing them to take a break from caregiving responsibilities in order to tend to their own health and wellbeing.

Visiting Care Giving Services matches licensed and trained caregivers with clients and offers a wide range of care services tailored to your loved one’s ability and needs, including:

  • Transportation to and from doctor’s appointments
  • Assistance with personal care needs, such as bathing and dressing
  • Engaging conversation and companionship
  • Specialized care for Alzheimer’s, dementia, cancer and other chronic health conditions
  • Planning and preparing nutritious meals
  • Respite care for family caregivers
  • Long-term care assessment
  • And much more

To learn more about our compassionate palliative and respite care services, reach out to us anytime online or over the phone at (636) 493-9058. We’re happy to provide you with more information about our senior home care in St. Charles and the surrounding communities, and to help your loved one live a full and engaged life.