BelleVie is an award-winning home care provider. We offer a variety of services, including end of life and palliative care.
Whether a terminal diagnosis is given after a long illness, or comes comparatively out of the blue, a period of shock and adjustment is inevitable. And though it may feel as though avenues are being closed off, it is important to realise you still have choices you can make. One very important one, is where and how you want to be cared for.
While everyone is different, many people prefer to live and die in the home they love, surrounded by the people and memories that mean the most to them. If you’re ready to discuss your requirements, call 01235 355 570 to speak to a friendly member of our team or fill in our online form and we will contact you at a time that suits you. Otherwise, read on to find out more about our services and your options.
What is End of Life Care?
Whether you’re looking for care for yourself, or for someone you’re close to, it’s important to understand the options. While ‘end of life’ care and ‘palliative’ care are often used interchangeably, they are subtly different.
End of life care is for people who are in the last stages of their life. It aims to help you live and die with dignity and on your own terms. Palliative care, meanwhile, is the provision of medical care to ease the symptoms of a serious (not always terminal) illness. It is likely that if someone needs end of life care, they’ll also require some level of palliative care to ensure they’re as comfortable as possible. BelleVie offers both services, either individually, or together, depending on your specific needs. You can find out more about the difference between end of life care and palliative care here.
In both cases, your wishes and rights are respected and reflected in the care we offer. And, as well as supporting you, we’ll also help your family and friends to adjust, accept and plan for what lies ahead.
Quality care at home
Unlike in a hospital or nursing home setting, end of life care that takes place in your own home can be entirely on your terms. It goes without saying that our experienced carers will ensure your needs are met – but they’ll also make sure your wishes are heard. And beyond what’s required and requested, we’ll also be there for you on an emotional level – providing compassion, as well as care.
When you enlist BelleVie’s services, we will begin by reviewing your medical and personal needs. We’ll also listen to your preferences, then tailor a bespoke care plan outlining the services we can provide. It will specify when we’ll be with you, and the tasks we’ll perform to ensure you can live as well as possible for the time you have left. However, there are two important things to keep in mind:
1 – BelleVie’s Wellbeing Support Workers don’t just provide services; we provide care in the truest sense of the word. Everything we do is delivered with compassion. And while we are there to help you manage physically, we also want to support your emotional wellbeing. We are professional carers, but we can also be your companions and your care-takers, easing your mental load and ensuring your home is well maintained.
2 – Your care plan is just that: Yours. So it’s flexible. Our unique subscription payment model means that when your needs or preferences change, we can adapt accordingly. And should you need more of our time towards the end, we’ll be there for you. The same familiar faces you’re used to, safeguarding your wishes so you feel at peace and can die with dignity on your own terms.
At BelleVie, our treatment approach reflects our wider philosophy – that of people-centric care. Every decision we make is informed by the needs and wants of the person we support, whether they be physical, personal, emotional, spiritual or social.
Although pain often comes hand-in-hand with an incurable illness, an experienced end of life care provider will be able to manage and mitigate much of it. At BelleVie, we offer a range of interventions, including but not limited to:
- Prescribed medication
- Physical therapy
- Relaxation exercises
We also work hand-in-hand with your wider healthcare team to provide a seamless, connected service that answers your needs around the clock.
Supporting loved ones
BelleVie’s end-of-life care isn’t just about individuals – it can also encompass the needs of their families and loved ones too. Much of this is about offering emotional support and acting as a gate-keeper, shielding the person we’re caring for by absorbing some of the worries and anguish of those around them.
We can also provide resources and logistical advice to help your nearest and dearest navigate not just their feelings, but also the practicalities of what lies ahead. This can take the form of counselling, bereavement services, and assistance with practical tasks such as making funeral arrangements and accessing community resources.
In addition, end-of-life care can help facilitate meaningful communication and connections between the person who is dying and the people who mean the most to them. This may involve blocking out time for family members to spend with their loved one, or contacting friends and relations to keep them updated.
Providing the support that matters
At BelleVie we are committed to providing tailored support that is focused on your needs and wants. We aim to promote independence, dignity, and comfort, and will work with you or your family to deliver the best care possible according to your specific needs whilst rigorously maintaining privacy and boundaries.
Our Wellbeing Support Workers pride themselves on providing a professional, personalised service. All of our teams live locally and operate in small, self-managed groups, meaning you see the same friendly faces day in, day out. And of course, if you would prefer your personal care to be delivered by someone of the same gender, then we’ll take that into account when we’re writing your care plan.
Ultimately, we’ll treat you in the same way we’d like to be treated ourselves, which may be why we won the 2023 Home Care Awards and were recognised as one of the top 20 Home Care Groups in the UK in 2023.
How does it Work?
We know that arranging end of life care can feel daunting. That’s why we like to start by setting up a simple conversation with a compassionate and sensitive member of our team. During that initial chat, we can discuss what you need and want from a care provider, and explore which of our services would work for you or your loved one. From there, the responsibility is on us to develop a bespoke care plan to match your requirements – one that we can alter and adjust together, so we can deliver tailored care that can flex as needed.
How Much Do End of Life Care Services Cost?
At BelleVie, we do everything we can to provide value without compromising on quality. We don’t have set prices because every package we create is bespoke to the individual. If you’d like to know what we can do for you or a loved one within a set budget, then contact us for a no-obligation chat – you can either call us on 01235 355 570 or fill in our online form and a member of our dedicated team will get back to you as soon as possible.
How long does end of life care last?
It varies and depends on the individual’s condition and circumstances, but can be delivered during the last few months, weeks, or days of someone’s life.
Are end of life care services covered by insurance companies?
Yes, many insurance companies cover end-of-life care services, though we advise checking your policy or speaking to your provider to check.
Is end of life care and palliative care the same?
End of life care is a type of palliative care that focuses on the needs of individuals who are in the final stages of a life-limiting illness.