This week, May 8th – 15th is Dying Matters Awareness Week.

This year, Dying Matters is asking everybody a simple question –  “What Can You Do?” Talking and planning ahead for dying, death and bereavement is really important. But people also need practical help and support and there are plenty of things we can do to help each other.

You can find out more about this amazing initiative at www.dyingmatters.org 

One area where Q1Care has extensive experience is palliative, or end of life care.

Palliative care aims to treat or manage pain and other physical symptoms when a person is at the end of their life journey. It also helps with any psychological, social or spiritual needs.

Palliative care includes caring for the families and loved ones of the person nearing the end of their life.

We believe that everyones wishes should be considered when planning care, especially when it comes to decisions on where care is administered and wishes about where someone wants to die.

Knowing you have the option to be in your home, in familiar and comfortable surroundings is a huge comfort to many and the palliative care we provide is home based.

Palliative care is extremely flexible depending on individual wishes but often includes:

1 Improves quality of life

2 Provides relief from pain

3 Does not quicken or postpone death

4 Combines psychological and spiritual aspects of care

5 Offers a support system to help people live as actively as possible

6 Helps the family cope during an illness and in bereavement

7 Uses a team approach to address the needs of the person who is ill and their families

8 Is not just about end of life, it can also support people in the earlier stages of illness

To find out more about how our team work with families dealing with terminal illnesses please contact Melanie.Meads@q1care.co.uk