What Does End of Life Care Involve

What Does End Of Life Care Involve?

What is End of Life Care?

HL Online Training offers a versatile platform for healthcare workers to undertake their learning and completion of the End of Life course, as well as other useful online healthcare courses.

End of Life Care is a specialist area of care that requires specific training for the role. There is a lot more involved in this area of care than people might first suspect – with it not being about just physical healthcare alone, but involving many other sensitive life issues regarding family and financial management, among others. This End of Life Care training will help prepare employees in this area of care to deliver the best results possible when caring for patients.

What does End of Life Care involve?

Providing support for those in the last months (or weeks) of their life, End of Life Care involves not only the physical aspects of treating and managing a person’s illness, but also the emotional side of being there for the patient, and well as advising them in getting their affairs in order and letting their family know their wishes. People can choose whether to receive this type of care in their own home, in a hospice, a hospital, or care home. Every patient’s situation is different, and this is what makes this area of care quite complex, and an area of expertise in itself.

End of Life Care is an extremely rewarding area of care, helping people retain their dignity while they die, and ensuring that their wishes are heard. Some healthcare and social care employees have a natural personality for this type of work, while others may need a lot more guidance and all the training for such that is on offer. Either way, the certified online training courses at HL Online Training provide staff with guidance and structure for caring for patients toward the end of their life.

Who provides End of Life Care?

There are a variety of professionals involved in the care of a person toward the end of their life, be them health workers or social care workers. Each patient’s case is different, with differing family situations, symptoms of illness and state of mind throwing up different kinds of needs. All sorts of professionals are involved in such care; Hospice staff, community nurses, hospital nurses and doctors, hospital chaplains, support workers, and so on. Usually, a GP will be responsible for overseeing a patient who lives in their own home, with community nurses, or family being involved too. End of Life Care can start whenever it is required, with some patients carrying on for months under such care, and other only a few weeks, days, or perhaps even hours.

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What is End of Life Care Advanced Planning?

Advanced Care Planning is the term often used when it comes to planning ahead, knowing someone is toward the end of their life. End of Life Care Advanced Planning will consider the patient’s wishes, as well as their preferences, on many things such as treatments, funeral and financial planning. It is vital that family are involved in these stages whenever possible so that everyone is on the same page. It can also prove to be a therapeutic exercise to involve the patient’s loved ones in, so that they are involved in the whole process, hearing the patient’s wishes, and prepared for what is going to happen as they head toward the end of their life.

End of Life Care Advanced Planning comes in when a patient has a condition that they know is terminal. Perhaps they have a condition that is set to only get worse over a short period of time, or perhaps they have a condition that puts them at risk of death in the foreseeable future.  However, whether people know they are at the end of their life or not, this sort of End of Life Advanced Planning is an ideal opportunity for people to have those discussions with friends and family, express their wishes, and put measures in place when it comes to the funeral they want, and the medical treatments they prefer. It will also give the patient the opportunity to make a Will.

Who does End of Life Care Advanced Planning?

This type of planning can be the role of many professionals, therefore it is a skill to add to a portfolio of training and certifications on the part of the professional. HL Online Training offer accredited online training courses that healthcare and social care staff can undertake, in order to help them improve the way in which they aid patients in planning for the end of their life. This is a course that is also extremely useful for anyone working within counselling, as well as in charities who work with terminally ill or elderly people.

For End of Life online training courses that are fully certified and accredited, be sure to get in touch with HL Online Training.

Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care is an area within the field of End of Life Care, which focuses on improving and making the best of the patient’s quality of life that they have left. The aim within Palliative Care is to make the patient as comfortable as possible, managing symptoms such as pain from the terminal or incurable illness that they have. As well as the physical side of this care, it also encompasses a wide range of other support, including social and spiritual support, as well as psychological help. Treating the person as a ‘whole’, Palliative Care is often referred to as a Holistic approach in caring for an individual.

While Palliative care is known to be received by those with terminal illness, it is also received by those who have incurable illness and have to live with the symptoms of a condition on a daily basis (although they may not be at the end of their life).

Who provides Palliative Care?

All sorts of healthcare professionals are involved in providing this sort of care to patients. If the patient lives in their own home, then a GP and community nurse are likely to be the people who provide the care, along with perhaps family, charities, and the church. For people in hospitals, it is hospital staff and specialists that oversee and attend to the needs of the patient. For patients in care homes, it could be a community nurse that comes in to give treatments, or the care home staff themselves might administer treatments. All cases can receive extra care from families and charities too.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) produced new guidance in December 2015 on the care of adults in the last two to three days of life. This guidance covers how to manage common symptoms, and dignity, as well as respect for the dying person and their relatives and carers. By taking an online training course at HL Online Training, you can ensure that you and/or your staff members are educated and certified in such guidelines.

The majority of Palliative Care teams will have the expertise to treat and care for people who are suffering from a wide variety of common conditions; incurable and untreatable illnesses such as Kidney Disease, Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and many more. All such illnesses can create uncomfortable symptoms from mild nausea or constipation, to severe pain and breathing difficulties.

With all types of End of Life Care, communication is crucial, be it between the patient and healthcare professional, the patient and their family, or the healthcare professionals and the family. Much care and time should be taken over all aspects, be it the advanced planning stages, or the complementary therapies that can be used to help the patient along side conventional medicine. It is vital that the patient is given a voice and has a feeling of control in being heard.

If you are a professional working in healthcare or social care, or perhaps you work with chronically ill people through a charity or organisation, taking one of our online training courses can really benefit your knowledge and understanding when it comes to dealing with people and their families in these situations. Perhaps you are an employer looking for End of Life Care courses for your care home staff, NHS nurses, or volunteer counsellors – if so, HL Services have the certified and accredited courses that will satisfy this learning.

You can sign your staff up by providing some basic details, and then leave them to take the course in their own time, online, be it at work or at home. All the resources are provided and accessible from any device. So, for End of Life training courses, or Palliative Care online courses, get in touch with us here at HL Online Training.