End of life care

Palliative care, sometimes referred to as end-of-life care, is a specialised form of care designed to provide relief from the symptoms and stress of a life-limiting illness. The primary goal of palliative care is to ease pain, improve quality of life and offer comfort and support for both the individual and their family.

At KYN, we understand the importance of a holistic, individualised approach to care, especially when dealing with life-limiting illnesses. We believe that everyone deserves to live their life to the fullest, regardless of their health condition.

The KYN Approach to Palliative Care

At KYN, we provide palliative care that is not just about managing physical symptoms, but also about addressing the person’s emotional, social, and spiritual needs. We believe that palliative care should be provided in a way that respects the individual's dignity and personal choices. Our palliative care services are designed to help our residents live fulfilling, enriched lives, even as they face the challenges of a serious illness.

Our compassionate and devoted teams approach palliative care with great empathy and sensitivity to enable the resident, their family and friends to feel as comfortable and supported as possible, physically and emotionally. We believe it is a privilege to be entrusted with caring for residents at this stage of their life.

We work closely with a resident’s loved ones and medical and health professionals to design a nuanced care plan to manage any pain, maintain their dignity, and fill their final moments with love, with their wishes respected.

We understand that this will be a complex and difficult time for everyone involved and will support family or friends who wish to stay in the resident’s room with them.

Our Palliative Care Team

Our palliative care team is made up of experienced nurses who undertake the highest level of specialised and best practice led palliative care training to ensure the most dignified and comprehensive care to individuals with life limiting illness. KYN work closely with St Christophers Hospice who provide ongoing guidance and support.

Alongside our trained nurses our  team include trained carers who support our working closely with the person’s GP, consultants and specialists. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of care, ensuring that each individual’s unique needs are met.

Working Together for Better Care

At KYN, we believe in the power of teamwork. Our palliative care team works closely with other healthcare professionals, including GPs and clinical nurse specialists, to provide a personalised and holistic approach to care.

This collaborative approach ensures that all aspects of a person’s care are coordinated and that they receive the best possible physical, emotional and spiritual support.

The Role of the NHS in Palliative Care

Collaborating with the NHS

We liaise with various healthcare organisations, including GP surgeries, clinics and NHS trusts, to ensure our residents receive outstanding care and support.

NHS Foundation Trust and Palliative Care

Our partnership with NHS Foundation Trusts allows us to provide a comprehensive range of palliative care services. This includes access to specialist palliative care consultants, nurse specialists, and other healthcare professionals who are experts in their field. Our close relationship with the NHS ensures that our residents have access to the best possible care.

Quality of Life at the Centre of Our Care

At KYN, we believe in enriching the lives of each of our residents, caring for them as we would our own families. Our palliative care services are designed to help manage pain and other symptoms of a serious illness. But we also understand that quality of life is about more than just physical health.

That's why we also offer psychological support, complementary therapies and a varied programme of life-enriching activities to address the emotional and spiritual needs of our residents.

Personalised Care Plans

We understand that every individual is unique, and so are their care needs. We work closely with our residents and their families to create personalised care plans. These plans take into account the individual's health conditions, personal preferences and lifestyle, ensuring that they receive care that is truly tailored to their needs.

We strive to honour each person as an individual, rather than focusing solely on their symptoms.

Our Holistic Approach to Palliative Care

We take a holistic approach to palliative care, considering all aspects of a person’s wellbeing. Our care plan includes medical, physical, emotional, and spiritual support, and we work closely with individuals and their families to personalise this care to their specific needs.

We believe that a holistic approach can significantly help to improve the quality of life for our residents, helping them to live as well as possible throughout all stages of their journey with KYN.

Complementary Therapies and Support

In addition to medical care, we also offer a range of complementary therapies, evidence-based approaches and support services. These can include physiotherapy, counselling, and spiritual support, all of which can help to improve the individual’s quality of life and wellbeing.

We also provide support for families, including bereavement support, to help them cope with the challenges they may face.

Referral to Our Palliative Care Services

If you are interested in learning more about palliative and end-of-life care with KYN, enquire today to request a brochure or arrange a visit. Referrals to our palliative care services can be made by any individual or their family members. Our team is always available to provide advice and support to those who need it.

The Referral Process

Once we receive a referral, our team will work closely with the resident, their family, and their healthcare providers to assess their needs and develop a personalised care plan. We understand that this can be a difficult time for families, and we are committed to providing compassionate and understanding care throughout the process.

Contact Us

For more information about KYN’s palliative care services in London, please contact us on 020 4530 7700. We would be more than happy to discuss how we can help improve the quality of life for you or your loved one at one of our London care homes.

Whether you're looking for advice, support, or simply someone to talk to, our team is here to help.