Palliative Care and the Six Steps End of Life Pathway

Palliative Care and the Six Steps End of Life Pathway

Author: Philippa Thompson

The term palliative care is often thought to refer to the care someone receives at the end of their life. However, it is often provided alongside other treatment and therapies and will usually start before the person is considered to be reaching end of life.

End of Life describes someone who is considered likely to die within the next 12 months, although it can also include someone who; has an incurable illness; medical conditions that put them at risk of dying following a health crisis; suffered an acute medical event or trauma; or are generally frail with co-existing conditions.

If you, or a loved one, is approaching end of life, you should seek advice from your GP. They will be able to sign post you to the relevant services to provide help and support. These services will include practical help about legal issues as well as care arrangements.

Palliative and end of life care can be provided in your own home, in hospital, in hospices or in care and nursing homes like The Dower House.

Palliative care at The Dower House

Illnesses affect different people in different ways which is why palliative care at The Dower House is always a bespoke arrangement designed specifically to meet individual needs, underpinned by our commitment to:

  • Help our resident with management of their physical symptoms.
  • Provide the highest possible quality of life for the resident and their family.
  • Offer exemplary care by a dedicated team of nurses and carers available around the clock.
  • Respect the wishes of the resident and their family or appointed representative.

If you, or your loved, comes to The Dower House for palliative and end of life care, it will be delivered in line with the principles of the Six Steps Pathway.

Steps End of Life Pathway

The Six Steps End of Life Pathway is an accredited system which ensures a consistent and high standard of holistic care is available to patients and their families. The Dower House are committed to delivering our care in line with this pathway which resonates with our overall ethos of providing quality, person-centred care that ensures dignity for the individual at all times.

As the name suggests, the pathway covers all aspects of end of life care from an early diagnosis and the care needs this presents to what should be expected during end of life care; where and when care will be provided and by whom; what other services, therapies or agencies may be involved; how the last days of a person’s life will be managed and finally what happens after the person dies, including notifying relevant authorities and providing both practical, spiritual and emotional support for relatives.

Peace and tranquillity

Located in the heart of the Hampshire countryside, The Dower House is set within extensive, well-maintained gardens. Our grounds offer peace and solitude during what can be an emotional and distressing time. As a resident you, and your relatives, are encouraged to make use of these facilities, the house itself has many spaces where you can sit quietly and reflect either on your own or with company.

You can read more about palliative care here. If you’d like to book a visit to find out more and to view the facilities, call 01962 882848 or click the ‘Book a visit’ button at the top of the page.

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