SweetTree Supports World Hospice & Palliative Care Day
Saturday 8 October is World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, which aims to raise awareness and understanding of medical, social and spiritual needs for those living with a terminal illness.
At SweetTree, we passionately believe that those approaching the latter stages of their lives should start discussing their wishes with family and loved ones as soon as possible. This is essential in order to obtain the care they would like to receive at the end. Many people would prefer to spend their final days at home in a comfortable, familiar and loving environment, surrounded and supported by close family. This is usually possible with the right planning, care and support strategies in place.
“Although we fully understand that end-of-life care may seem like a depressing or even taboo subject for some, we would always encourage those in the latter stages of their life to discuss their wishes with family at their earliest opportunity,” says Polly Landsberg, end-of-life care manager at SweetTree. “Not only does this enable the person to obtain the care they would like to receive; it also allows family members the chance to assist with planning, safe in the knowledge that their loved one’s wishes are being met in their final days. As well as respecting the wishes of the person in their final days, this can bring great comfort to family members during a very difficult time.”
SweetTree’s Learning & Development Manager, Michael Beresford, an experienced carer who has provided palliative care for many people, felt privileged to care for his own grandfather in his final days. Read Michael’s moving story on our blog.
We strive to be the leaders in end-of-life care within the homecare sector, so if you would like to discuss palliative care for yourself or for a loved one, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.