Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care offers comfort and support for people living with severe illnesses or those coming to the end of their life, aiming to make the individual as comfortable as possible whilst preserving dignity and pain relief.

Sometimes referred to as ‘supportive care’, care teams work in partnership with medical professionals, nurses and occupational therapists to improve quality of life.

It involves managing physical symptoms and providing emotional support for individuals, family and friends.

Taking a holistic approach in caring for the individual, palliative care can be offered in a number of settings including care homes, hospitals, hospices, or in the home. 

When does palliative care begin?

Palliative care is not limited to end-of-life care, the main difference being that it can be used at any point along the treatment process. The time spent in palliative care differs from person to person with some receiving many years of care during prolonged illness, with others requesting this type of care only in the months, weeks or hours before they pass away.

The NHS suggests palliative care can be offered to individuals who:

  • Have an advanced incurable disease such as dementia, cancer, or motor neurone disease
  • Are elderly or frail
  • Are at risk of a sudden crisis in their condition
  • Have an acute condition caused by a singular event such as a stroke or an accident

Of course, it is down to the individual to decide what type of care is right for them, since the priority is to increase independence and control over their treatment.

Westgate’s Palliative Care service

Westgate Healthcare provides relaxing and comfortable care homes, offering the highest quality and compassionate palliative care for our residents.

All of our care and nursing homes offer palliative care and place respect and kindness at the centre of this care.

Our wonderful and attentive care teams are fully qualified and we strive to build a truly happy community based on friendly and trusting relationships.

We listen carefully to each of our resident’s wishes and preferences to help meet individual needs as closely as possible, 24 hours a day.

Our personalised care plans, created for each one of our residents, are routinely reassessed in case of changes in preferences and health conditions.

Meals are thoughtfully prepared for each resident as part of this plan to ensure that they receive delicious, nutritious home-cooked food made to their nutritional needs and personal tastes.

We also coordinate with third-party teams such as medical practitioners to ensure that both health and wellbeing requirements are met.

There is no substitute for seeing one of our homes for yourself, please contact your nearest home for more information.

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My father has not long been in Burford House but from the first moment of his arrival all staff have gone above and beyond expectations. Dad has settled in so well and this is down to the care and friendly manner of the staff. The staff make all family members feel so comfortable and at home. We couldn't have dreamed of a better place for our father at this most stressful time in our lives.Daughter of Resident - Burford House Care Home (

A huge thank you to all the devoted staff at the Poppy Unit for the amazing love and care shown to our loved one.(Family of Resident)

I have always found all staff very helpful and always willing to help. I had confidence that mum's last year or so would be spent in a safe and caring environment and in her last weeks she received outstanding end of life care- nothing was too much. Also, my brother and myself were attended to in a most considerate way, at a time when it was most required. Daughter of Hampden Hall resident

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