Caring for a terminally ill person can be overwhelming and stressful. Care can be necessary for weeks, months, and even years. How long a person has left, it is your job as a caregiver to ensure that they spend their last bit of time in a state of comfort.
It is often hard to accept that someone we love is dying. We cannot stop someone from dying but we can help them have a better quality of life for their time remaining. Understanding a disease, the symptoms, and the measures you can take to manage the illness, is the best way to help someone who is terminally ill.
One of the main roles as caregiver to someone who is terminally ill, is pain management. Many people suffer in unnecessary pain due to the belief that large doses of medication will sedate them to the point of functioning normally. The key to pain management is to stay ahead of it instead of chasing after it.
A caregiver need not go through the end of life process of a loved one alone. There is financial, practical, and emotional support available for both you, and the person you are caring for.
The person you care for may be eligible to receive the following benefits:
- A person under 65 who needs help with personal care or getting around may be eligible for Disability Living Allowance.
- A person 65 or older, who needs personal care assistance, may be eligible for Attendance Allowance.
- A person under state pension age who has an illness or disability affecting their ability to work may be eligible for Employment and Support Allowance.
As a caregiver, you may be eligible to receive Carer’s Allowance. If the person you care for goes into the hospital, you can receive this for up to 12 weeks and 4 weeks if they go into a care home.
The social services department of your local Trust will provide you with a range of social care services and equipment for those who are terminally ill. The person you provide care for is entitled to a health and social care assessment. As the caregiver, you are entitled to a carer’s assessment.
We often get emotional support from friends or family, but sometimes it is helpful to talk to a professional counselor or support groups of other caregivers in the same type of situation.
The best way to handle being a caregiver to someone, who is terminally ill, is to focus on making them comfortable in relation to their pain and to help them live by continuing to do some of the activities they enjoy with them.
If you or a loved one are considering caregiver services, please contact us for more information. Sitters Etc. Home Care serves Jackson, Bolivar, Humboldt, Milan, Medina, Lexington, Brownsville, Alamo, Bells, Martin, Union City, Paris, McKenzie, Trenton and the surrounding communities.