What does end of life care mean?

End of life care is the term used for people who are approaching the last years and/or months of their lives.

End of life care is set up to help give them and their family, as much comfort and support as possible, allowing them to pass away with the greatest dignity; respecting their needs and wishes as they come to the end of their life.

People who require end of life care, will have tailored care plans put in place either at a care home, in their own home, in a hospital, or at a hospice. 

The care should be individual to the needs and wishes of each person and reviewed and updated to incorporate any changes to their situation. Qualified nursing and care teams should show honesty, kindness and respect when caring for a person who is needing end of life care.

If the person is in either a care home or their own home, their GP will have main responsibility for the care provided. In the last few days of life, a doctor should be available to regularly visit to offer help and advice to the person concerned and their family. 

What does palliative care mean?

Palliative care is included in end of life care. This would effectively be care and pain management for a person with an incurable illness. A care package may involve spiritual, social and psychological support, with an aim to make the person feel as comfortable as possible. Palliative care, not only takes into consideration the illness and its symptoms, but also the person as a whole.

Specialist care teams can consist of various qualified staff, including trained palliative care nurses, occupational therapists, palliative medicine trained consultants and physiotherapists; they will be able to advise and instruct other palliative care professionals, when necessary.

About end of life care at our care homes

We’re here to help
At all our Holmes Care Group homes, our friendly, trained, qualified teams and professional staff provide a 24 hour care and support system for people that require end of life care, giving them assistance with everyday rituals such as; professional and safe administration of all medications, help in the morning out of bed and getting dressed, along with everyday assistance with mobility, and encouragement with eating and drinking.

Care plans for individuals needing end of life care at our care homes
In all our services, we work with families to formulate care plans which ensure the care we deliver is tailored to the needs of the individual. At Holmes Care Group, we aim to address each residents' individual and varying requirements, so that each person we care for, feels completely supported in every aspect of their life.

At Holmes Care Group, we know ‘peace of mind’ is an important factor in choosing a care home
Ensuring all residents that require end of life care are comfortable and happy is a priority, as well as giving them a feeling of ‘being at home’. Daily activities are organised in the care home, which all help with giving our residents a better sense of normality. Well-being is a big priority at Holmes Care Group.

There’s no place like home - There’s no place like Holmes Care Group
At all Holmes Care Group homes; nursing homes, residential homes and day care centres, we make every effort to keep everyone, secure, safe, warm and welcome, not only for our residents, but also for family and friends when visiting their loved ones. All our facilities are designed to enhance the lives of everyone living at our care homes. Many of our homes are set in scenic areas, and have excellent outside facilities, including patios and beautiful landscaped gardens. Visiting areas are designed especially for residents and friends and family alike, to feel comfortable and relaxed at our care homes.

If you would like to find out more about our care homes that support end of life care, please click the link below:

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If you are looking for end of life care homes in the Essex area, Holmes Care Group have a residential care home in Essex that cater for end of life care. 

Click here to visit Sycamore Court Care Home in Brentwood, Essex who cater for end of life care.

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Kind words from our residents and their families

Baytree Court

Baytree Court is a very relaxed home, pleasant staff and one of the nicest homes I visit, always get a smile. Service users seem happy.

Glenys Newbury - Health Care Community Worker

Almond View Care Home

To all the staff at Almond View - a big thank you for looking after Mum, with such kindness and dedication. Despite living 400 miles away, I always had a good feeling that she was in good hands. When I did visit, the staff without exception, stopped to chat to us even though they were extremely busy. Please accept my heart felt thank you to you all - a real credit to Almond View.


Bankview Care Home

Thank you for the excellent level of care that my father, Frank Boyle, has received. Bankview demonstrated for us the template for a care home and how it should feel and be run. Friendly, welcoming, excellent care levels, length of time staff remain loyal to the home and above all a clear and comforting atmosphere of great leadership.

Barbara and Jan

Social Work Department

Bankview Day care is welcoming and homely, meeting a wide range of needs with well trained staff and individual care for each client.

Bankview Day Care Centre

Bankview Day Care Centre

I understand why mum loves coming to Bank view Day-care it’s a home from home and the activities offered are excellent

J Campbell

Bankview Day Care Centre

The day care centre has made a huge difference to my life. Best thing I ever done, my week was boring now I have days out and shopping trips and good company.

R Burns

Baytree Court Care Home

We can not thank you enough for all the care, support and attention the staff at Baytree Court have given Marc. The staff have always given their time and support to us on visits which has meant a great deal.

Doreen and Yvonne

Beechwood Care Home

Both mum and I were most impressed with Beechwood and we have decided that is where we would like Dad to come to. You have put both mine and mum's minds at rest knowing that Dad will be looked after.

Thank You

Susan Gibson

K Macdonald in memory of my Aunt Jean

I can't exaggerate the admiration I have for the management and staff of Craigielea. I've never experienced so much patience, coaxing, kindness and care. These people share their lives and emotions, laugh and cry and mourn for the people who entrust themselves to care.

Craigielea Care Home

J Ellis in memory of Steve

The staff talked about my best friend being an inspiration to them, despite his illness It made me change my approach with him, instead of being despondent and sad, I spoke with him the way we had always been with each other. The staff saw him as a person.

Craigielea Care Home

Shelagh Goldie

My uncle, who is a retired GP, recently visited Dad on a trip over from Canada and commented that Craigielea is one of the best places he has ever seen in his experience of elderly care units. Very homely, calm, relaxing and wonderful staff. Keep up the fantastic work you do!


Grandholm Care Home

In all my visits I have been most impressed with the Care and Attention shown by all your staff, who are professional and courteous at all times. We are always welcomed with a friendly smile which makes us feel very much part of the home and being involved

J Barber

Grandholm Care Home

Please accept my sincere congratulations for performance and efficiency of Grandholm Care Home. The home provides a very professional, caring and motivational environment with an abundance of patience and understanding. The home is a credit to your team and one of the best in Aberdeen.

I McCormack

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