Palliative care – or end-of-life care – is the specialist care provided to someone during the later stages of their life. This care can span the final years, not just the last few weeks or days. At Athena, we understand that talking about the end of life care of a loved one can be a difficult and emotionally sensitive time, but having the conversation sooner will leave you feeling more prepared for when the time eventually comes.
When it comes to end of life palliative care, we take time to fully understand the wishes of the individual at this sensitive time. We recognise that as the end of our life approaches, the care needs of your loved one may change. Deciding on this stage of the future is a significant step for preparing your family, and ensuring that when the time comes, it will be safe, dignified and discreet. We understand that the passing of a loved one is extremely tough, and we promise to handle this with compassion and care. We always ensure to communicate with families and liaise with GPs and hospitals to ensure that this time is pain-free and peaceful. We will continue to support your whole family, even after the passing of your loved one, as we understand the turbulent emotions felt during this sad time.
Our teams provide activities to those on palliative care, as we believe that everyone benefits from mental and physical stimulation. Our activities coordinators assess the abilities of each resident and try their very best to provide entertainment through a variety of activities that suit them. Whatever the ability level, our activities teams pride themselves on including anyone that wishes to join in.
Dining and nutrition can become increasingly difficult as you approach the end stages of your life. As a specialist end of life care home, our chefs can create modified meals that are softer, easier to swallow and digest for those who are no longer able to chew. These meals may lack texture, but they make up for it with their flavour and beautiful presentation.