Senior woman in bed receiving in home palliative care

If you or your loved one has a life-threatening condition or a serious illness, then at home Palliative Care can help reduce or relieve the physical and psychological symptoms and side effects in the comfort of a familiar space.

Integracare offers compassionate at-home Palliative Care in Toronto and Mississauga so that our Clients can enjoy the comforts and dignity of their chosen residence while also receiving primary treatment.

At home Palliative Care can help improve you or your loved one’s quality of life and can support your family and those you care for during end of life care. The focus of this care is on relieving or reducing pain, stress, and other symptoms to improve a person’s quality of life.

Introducing Palliative Care in Toronto and Mississauga

Undergoing treatment for cancer or other serious illnesses is a draining process. Treatments can leave a person feeling fatigued, depressed, and cause side effects such as nausea, anxiety, difficulty breathing, difficulty sleeping, or loss of appetite. Palliative Care can treat these symptoms and make it easier for Seniors to decide to undergo primary treatment in the first place.

According to the World Health Organization, 40 million people require Palliative Care every year. Anytime you’re concerned about the quality of life for you or your loved one undergoing treatment for a serious illness, this type of care may be appropriate to help reduce or relieve pain and other symptoms.

Integracare’s at-home Palliative Care Caregivers can help improve communication between Clients and primary health care providers through patient advocacy and introducing discussions about symptom management and treatment.

Integracare’s Palliative Care Services in Toronto & Mississauga

According to research done by the University of Alberta, 90% of people would prefer to die at home. Integracare provides a variety of home care services including at home Palliative Care in Mississauga and Toronto. This care works best when it is coordinated and supervised, which is why Integracare Caregivers are educated in Palliative Care and regularly receive on-site supervision to ensure the quality of care. Registered Nursing Coordinators make sure that our Clients’ needs are met by the Caregivers and the types of care being provided.

Integracare provides many services that can be incorporated into in home palliative care including Physiotherapy services, Massage Therapy, Wound Care, Dementia Care, and more.

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Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy, in particular, can be used effectively alongside Palliative Care. Massage Therapy is used to alleviate chronic pain and muscle tension in the back, neck, and shoulders. It can also be used to reduce fatigue, headaches, migraines, anxiety, stress, and depression all of which can be symptoms of serious illnesses.

For Clients who suffer from mobility issues, Massage Therapy can be used to improve circulation and nerve functions where immobility would otherwise cause degeneration, joint rigidness, and shortened muscles.

In this situation, Massage Therapy may differ from other applications and require Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) who are familiar with practices more geared towards this level of care. The RMTs may adjust their techniques to suit the Client’s current state of health and presenting symptoms, such as using reduced pressure in their strokes and positioning options for Clients who cannot lie face-down in a traditional massage position. An RMT will also need to know areas to avoid, such as areas near a medical device.