Private palliative care in London
SweetTree’s End of Life Care service was created to provide a tangible and high quality choice for those who wish to spend their last moments amidst familiar surroundings, rather than move elsewhere. Please view our brochure for further information.
We understand that although staying at home is the preference for most, the fear, emotional hurdles and practicalities of caring for someone at this stage of life can be challenging.
Reflecting this, we have a dedicated palliative support service for not only our clients, but also their loved ones. Our End of Life services champion dignity, compassion and respect as an absolute priority in everything they do.
The ethos behind this service is to mirror that of the highly respected hospice movement. It is designed to actively join up with all involved in the palliative journey, whether it be another care team, a family or a hospice – to ensure the very highest quality of care is provided at such an important time.
Frequently asked questions:
Are your carers experienced and trained in providing end of life care?
How will the carers know what care and support to give?
How do I get help with funding to pay for end of life care?
There are several ways of accessing funding for care. The first is Attendance Allowance, which is not means tested and has two different weekly rates, depending on the level and complexity of help needed. It requires you to fill out a lengthy document, which needs to be signed by your GP, but it is quite straightforward. More information about Attendance Allowance is available on the government website. Additionally, there are means-tested benefits provided by social services, which require a financial assessment but do provide additional support to those relying on a basic pension.
The NHS also provides funding for continuing healthcare, if you are assessed as having a primary physical or mental health care need. This can be fast-tracked if you have urgent needs on returning home from hospital. More information is on the NHS website.
It may also be possible to get additional funding quickly through terminal illness benefits, if a medical professional has stated you may have less than six months to live. This may, for example, help to fund a carer throughout the night. More information on is available on Gov.uk.
How does SweetTree fit in to the other care services that my loved one will be receiving?
Will my loved one be in pain and how will their carers manage their pain?
My loved one wants their pet to be with them in the bedroom during their final months, is that possible?
Our End of Life care service includes:
- Support from 2 to 24 hour care, enabling freedom of choice and flexibility
- Pro-active partnerships with community palliative care teams, other specialists from the multidisciplinary team as well as family and friends
- Enablement to fulfil choices for our clients and loved ones wherever possible.
SweetTree discussed people’s wishes regarding care at the end of their lives and dying as part of the initial assessment of their needs. Specific wishes and needs were recorded in people’s care plans. Staff received training in end of life care to ensure the best support for people at their home at the final stages of their life.
CQC Report December 2020