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End of life care

Our care homes provide specialist nursing care for people who are at their end of life, including those living with a terminal or life-limiting condition or illness.

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End of life care

When someone is near their end of life, and is no longer able to stay at home or in hospital, we help them to live as well as possible, achieve any goals that they wish to achieve and die with dignity.

We ensure that the transition to our care home is as comfortable and dignified as possible, and work with multi-disciplinary teams, including GPs and local Palliative Care Teams, to ensure that people receive the required support to meet all of their needs.

Our person-centred end of life care gives individuals and their family as much comfort and support as possible, respecting their needs and wishes as they come to the end of their life.

Our care homes can also provide palliative care for those living with a life threatening or terminal illness. Our spiritual, social and psychological support takes into consideration the person as a whole, not just their illness or symptoms.

Our skilled and trained nursing teams provide palliative and end of life care for people living with a wide range of medical conditions, complex needs and progressive diseases including advanced stages of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease and brain injury.

End of life care

A personalised approach to end of life care

Our approach to end of life care is personalised to the individuals that we support. We work with them, their loved ones and professionals to design a care plan that’s tailored to their needs, and that helps people to have a good quality life and live as comfortably as possible in the time they have left.

This can involve:

  • managing physical symptoms such as pain
  • emotional, spiritual and psychological support
  • social care, including washing, dressing and eating
  • medical and clinical care
  • support for family and friends.

We take the time to understand people’s wishes and preferences, and take these into account, so that the individual is always at the centre of, and has control of, decisions about their care.

We maintain good communication with individuals and their loved ones as they approach their end of life, to ensure that their care plan stays up-to-date as their situation and wishes change.

Holistic care from an in-house Nurse-led team

Our homes are led by an experienced Nurse-led management team, and supported by a trained in-house team of Registered Nurses and Health Care Assistants.

This enables us to support people who have high acuity and complex care needs, who are at their end of life, including those who require tracheostomy and ventilated care or assistance with nutrition and hydration, including PEG feeding and Dysphagia.

Each of our homes also has a Life Skills/Activities Team to support with holistic and therapeutic treatments, and many of them have in-house Physiotherapists. And everyone who lives in our homes has the support of Exemplar Health Care’s clinical experts including our team of Behaviour Support Specialists.

This enables people to access holistic care and a range of services in a community-based care home that’s closer to their friends and family.

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Family and friend support

At Exemplar Health Care, we understand that family and loved ones are vital in the care of people who are at their end of life or living with a terminal or life-limiting condition or illness.

We work with individuals to understand who is most important to them and how much they want them to be involved in their care.

Where people wish, we involve family and loved ones in discussions about, and the delivery of their care.