Pain and discomfort are difficult even when they’re temporary, however, for many elderly and disabled persons, these issues will not improve. While this can seem like a hopeless situation for patients and loved ones, there are many things that can be done to lift the burden, specifically palliative home care.

Palliative home care is aid that is focused on the comfort, well-being and overall quality of life that a patient has. Unlike other care types, palliative home care seeks to comfort and manage symptoms, not cure or treat the underlying cause.

Are Palliative Home Care and Hospice Care the Same Thing?

While there are similarities between these two types of care, they are not the same thing. Both are intended to increase comfort for patients who are facing a serious illness, however, hospice typically only refers to people whose illness is terminal and is likely to lead to their passing in a matter of months. Conversely, palliative comfort care can be received by someone no matter how long they are thought to live.

Our Approach to Comfort Care

As the best Senior Home Health Care caregiver in Toronto, Wedway HealthCare believes comfort care is about more than administering medication and keeping up a basic routine for physical comfort. Instead, we strive to improve total quality of life which includes social interaction, mental stimulation and spiritual consideration.  To accomplish this, our Personal Support Workers (PSW’s) are trained to:

  • Respond to physical signs of pain from patients who might not always be able to communicate their distress.
  • Provide compassionate care that supports social interaction which is a major contributing factor to a better quality of life.
  • Address issues of non-physical discomfort such as anxiety, depression and loneliness. Having someone to talk to about these issues can go a long way to easing their effects.
  • Help patients maintain dignity and hope by acknowledging their personal and spiritual needs beyond medical care.

Not sure if palliative comfort care is right for your loved one? To get an assessment and care recommendations, use our simple contact form to speak with a knowledgeable representative. We’ll be happy to schedule a consultation and provide information to create the best plan of care.