Mr S was a client of The Good Care Group for a year and Professional Carer K supported him and his wife through the first lockdown and his end of life path.
Mr S came to The Good Care Group when he was unfortunately nearing the end of his life and his diagnosis with stage 4 cancer. Mr S had made the decision, with the support of his wife, that a live-in carer would be most suitable to help him through his final chapter in life. He was matched with carer K who ensured he was comfortable and supported within his home.
K reflects on her time with Mr S, who she grew very fond of, as well as his wife, as both supported each other and Mr S during this time. K describes Mr S as, “the most caring and loving gentleman you would ever meet” and talks about how he would make everyone feel so welcome in his home, which is a great relief to our live-in carers. K helped the couple celebrate the annual milestones of birthdays, Valentine’s day and Easter, keeping Mr S occupied with events and his mind away from his diagnosis.
Unfortunately due to the country being in lockdown, Mr S was unable to see his family on his birthday. Carer K arranged a surprise party with his family over Zoom. This meant all his family could celebrate with him, whilst remaining safe and isolated. Mr S found this surprise overwhelmingly joyous, like all the other small touches Carer K made to celebrate special occasions.
Carer K and Mrs S worked together as a team to ensure Mr S was surrounded by joy and happiness. However, Mr S’s cancer was advancing very rapidly and his condition began to deteriorate. Carer K was able to adjust to the ever changing situation she found herself in on a day to day basis.
Throughout K’s time with Mr S, the family were also supported by a District Nurse team, who worked in collaboration with Carer K to manage Mr S’s pain relief and medication.
Mr S passed away in the comfort of his own home surrounded by the people and possessions he loved. Carer K was able to support the family during this time of grief, and ensure Mr S got the dignified death he desired. Carer K made the decision to stay in her placement with Mr S until the end, so he did not need to build a relationship with a new carer during this time. This continuity of care provided Mr S with the consistent support he needed during these later life stages.
If you or a loved one is living with a cancer diagnosis and you would like to speak to someone about live-in care, please contact our Client Services team on 0808 2581 441.