End of Life Care
End of Life Care

Part 2: Physical Comfort at End of Life

When a person with Alzheimer's disease is in the very late stages of the disease, the focus should be on quality of life and comfort, rather than on lengthening life and giving treatment. Palliative or hospice (also called comfort) care focuses on the whole person's needs-physical, emotional and spiritual.

Here we have a series of short videos with palliative care practitioner, Shari Young.  Shari shares some practical tips about mouth care, skin care, stimulating circulation and addressing breathing concerns in the final stages of the disease.

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Mouth Care

This video focuses on how to provide mouth care for someone in the final stages of dementia. Learn from palliative care practitioner, Shari Young, how you can help improve the comfort of the person you are caring for.

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Circulation

This video focuses on how to provide help with circulation for someone in the final stages of dementia. Learn from palliative care practitioner, Shari Young, how you can help improve the comfort of the person you are caring for.

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Pressure Sores and Skin Breakdown

This video focuses on how to provide skin care for someone in the final stages of dementia. Learn from palliative care practitioner, Shari Young, how you can help improve the comfort of the person you are caring for.

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Breathing

This video focuses on breathing concerns for someone in the final stages of dementia. Learn from palliative care practitioner, Shari Young, how you can help improve the comfort of the person you are caring for.

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Additional Reading

A Caregiver's Guide; Available from:

https://www.stlazarus.ca/acaregiversguide/

Progression Series: End of Life

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