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Supportive terminal care at home

Terminal nursing

Terminal nursing

At Private Nurse, we believe that the best place to end your life is in your own home. That's why we provide both palliative and terminal care in our clients' own homes, working closely with the caregivers who have already been part of your care pathway. The spiritual dimension is a big part of our way of providing private nursing care. The spiritual consists of both existential and religious aspects, and becomes evident when people are confronted with the fragility of life. At the end of life, the need to articulate and perhaps find answers in religion and life meanings becomes prominent.

Private Nurses' experienced nurses support the client in this process by, among other things, helping to create meaning and coherence, support reconciliation, relieve pain and nuance the client's own self-image.

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The aesthetics of nursing

Already in the 19th century, the nurse Florence Nightingale highlighted the importance of aesthetically pleasing surroundings, and was early to understand and describe the importance of different aspects of the client's environment such as colors, light and fresh air. Added to this is the social dimension of care in terms of proximity to the nurse.

At Private Nurse we are aware of how space affects the human senses and well-being, and how we through stimulation of these senses in the best possible way create a foundation and a prerequisite for our clients to achieve a sense of well-being and balance. The size of the home makes no difference, all rooms can be made safe, calm and comfortable to be in.

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Spiritual care

People at the end of life depend on us as nurses to create this aesthetic and comfortable atmosphere. Therefore, at Private Nurse, we work from our nursing judgment with the aim of creating a space that helps the dying person to leave behind feelings of chaos, anxiety, powerlessness and suffering. We believe that this is one of the paths that must be taken in order for a dying person to move towards the last breath of life in a calm and peaceful way.

At Private Nurse, we consider it our duty to ensure that our client is never alone on the journey towards the end of life. And we consider it one of our finest and most beautiful tasks to shape and set the stage for this journey to be as good and safe as possible. We do this by incorporating the spiritual and aesthetic dimension into our nursing care, always paying close attention to the senses of the dying person.

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What is palliative care?

Palliation is a term often used when talking about terminally ill people. The word palliation is the healthcare term for providing relief to people affected by a life-threatening illness.

When you are told that no more treatment can be given or that you are terminally ill, many people ask themselves: What now?

Palliative treatment to ease symptoms

Even if you can't get treatment for your underlying condition, you can get treatment to control and ease symptoms.

This is known as palliative care or palliative treatment. The symptoms you relieve can be of:

  • Physical nature (e.g. nausea, fatigue, pain)
  • Psychological nature (e.g. anxiety, depression)
  • Social nature (housing, childcare, pension)
  • Spiritual/ existential nature (e.g. guilt, doubt, anxiety)

The importance of early palliative care

Focusing on palliative care as early as possible in a person's illness is very important, as it can free up energy to focus on what really matters to you and your loved ones.

Even when death is imminent, many people manage to make the best of their final days, either alone or with their loved ones.

How long can you be in palliative care?

In principle, today's palliative and palliative care professionals can stay in palliative care for weeks, months or sometimes years.

How Private Nurse can help in palliative care

One of the basic elements of a calm final period can be for people with a terminal illness to make their needs known. However, this can be difficult, as people with a terminal illness are often very tired and lack energy and strength.

Here, the Private Nurse can help you prolong your thoughts, formulate letters and prepare all the practicalities that need to be in place before you enter the final phase of your life. 

The energy around you is everything we can't account for with methods and manuals, but which we know you can benefit from paying attention to and being aware of. A well-balanced energy in body and mind helps to create a calm space and atmosphere around you.

Relationship with relatives

Easing the energies around you can be about anything from your physical surroundings, smells, sounds and more. But also about unresolved issues in your family, which we as a compassionate catalyst can address by continuously talking to and reassuring your relatives. 

The purpose of being with you during your palliative period is to best prepare for your last days so that you, as a terminally ill person, can move towards the end of life with peace of mind.

Terminal Declaration: What you need to know

When you are seriously ill or dying and life-prolonging treatment is no longer appropriate, a doctor declares you "terminal". It can be difficult to understand when you are terminal if you are also receiving palliative care. When a person has a limited lifespan and enters the terminal phase, your doctor issues a terminal declaration. The terminal declaration gives access to a range of benefits, including free medication and the possibility of care leave for relatives.

Private Nurse's support in the terminal phase

Private Nurse helps you in the lead-up to, during and after with all these practicalities. Some of the first things we take care of are:

  • Obtaining your terminal declarationYour doctor responsible for your treatment writes that there is no longer any evidence to support life-prolonging treatment. The declaration is also a referral that allows us to order the medication you need for your final days. These medications are expensive, but with a declaration, they are free.

  • We make sure to pick up the medication right awayIn addition, we order and request the aids that will be needed during this final period. This often includes a hospital bed, a pressure-relieving mattress and various items for administering medication.

  • Living room design: Together with you, we have agreed which room in your home you would like to be in. We make sure to design your room with the right sound, calm light and safe atmosphere in mind, based on everything you want to have around you. Where appropriate, we create a small "invisible nursing office" where all our tools are carefully tucked away, but still close at hand.

Aesthetic end-of-life care

It is important that your room does not look like a hospital ward. Right to the end, we incorporate aesthetics into our care because we believe that this is one of the ways to bring peace and tranquillity to our dying patients. In the last days of a person's life, you are usually in bed and a nurse is with you and your relatives.

The role of the nurse in the terminal phase

The nurse has the overall overview and responsibility, and it is the nurse who observes you intensively. She will observe if you show signs of agitation, pain or breathing problems. The nurse will give you medication at short intervals to relieve pain and anxiety. This is so that you can move out of life calmly and at rest.

Personal care in the comfort of your home

The nurse is also the one who provides more direct care for you: She bathes you in bed, washes your hair, combs it, performs oral hygiene, changes your clothes, linen, puts a little lip balm on your lips, gently massages your hands and feet in a pleasant cream. She opens and closes the windows regularly so that you are always in a well-tempered room with fresh, clean air.

If you have any special needs, we will often have discussed these with you before you enter your final days. Our most important nursing task is to be with you and to relieve you and your relatives, so that you can have a good and peaceful last time together.

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Coverage via
insurance company

Private Nurse is a provider of terminal care with Top Denmark. This means that with an insurance policy with Top Denmark, you will be able to cover all or part of the costs. In addition, Denmark covers with a lump sum. Contact us for more information about this.

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We've had good words to say

  • "Dear PrivateNurse and the whole team,

    Thank you very much for stepping in in an acute and very critical situation for my mother and for our whole family. Your professionalism and care/parish was amazing and very competent.

    Highest recommendations from here."

    - Frederik
  • "I can highly recommend Private Nurse, who at a few weeks' notice jumped in and helped us during a stressful illness with ALS, where we suddenly needed professional nursing assistance for my father. In such a stressful situation, it is important that communication is professional and controlled, and that the nurses are calm and competent. This was definitely the case with Private Nurse. We were always in close contact with their nurse coordinator and all the nurses who came to my father were skilled, responsible and empathetic. It gave us the peace of mind we needed in our final days. So my warmest recommendations from here. "

    - Daughter, Louise -
  • "In connection with various severe complications after my mother had hip surgery, we had Johanne assigned to us as a private nurse. Johanne managed the extensive medication and not least pain relief, and my mother gained confidence in Johanne already after the first visit. The professional help that Johanne has provided, her care and general sympathetic nature has meant a lot to my mother and the rest of the family during a difficult time. Thank you so much for you, Johanne."

    - Marc
  • "After our father's death, it was difficult for our mother to be alone a lot and we could not cover visits to her every day ourselves. Therefore, it was a great support that Private Nurse was able to help at very short notice with 2-3 weekly visits to our mother for a couple of months.

    Pleasant visits with chats and short walks helped to gradually help her through the first difficult time".

    - Gitte, daughter of client in Holte
  • "After our father's death, it was difficult for our mother to be alone a lot and we could not cover visits to her every day ourselves. Therefore, it was a great support that Private Nurse was able to help at very short notice with 2-3 weekly visits to our mother for a couple of months.

    Pleasant visits with chats and short walks helped to gradually help her through the first difficult time".

    - Gitte, daughter of client in Holte
  • "In 2022, I fell ill and was hospitalized. My son, who lives abroad, had been recommended to contact Johanne from Private Nurse, who came to see me at the hospital the same day. Here she and my children made sure that I could return home to my own house with private nursing and physiotherapists around the clock. I am convinced that if I had stayed in the hospital, I would never have come home again. ....

    With the help of intensive training, care, home cooking and intellectual companionship, I've gone from being virtually disabled to not just walking again, but walking WELL! I sleep at night because my days are filled with conversations, road trips and flavorful food.

    My nurses are not just nurses who come and go. They are kind, skilled, helpful, interesting and interested. They remember all my little habits and things that are important to me. Overall, having them with me means that my life is enriched with care. They make me feel like a whole person again, not just an old man.

    We talk a lot, converse. I think our conversations keep my head going. Because I've been surrounded by a lot of people all my life, including all my coworkers through my work. I retired at 92 and never had a problem until a year ago when I was hospitalized with an infection. My nurses from Private Nurse helped me get back to my life and because of them I am once again attending communions, bridge nights and other family gatherings. Last month I celebrated my 97th birthday with family from all over Europe.

    One of the things that has made me the happiest is that I feel that my nurses are telling the truth when they express their joy in coming to me. In fact, I feel it, that they like my company. I appreciate immensely all our conversations about climate change, the world and nowadays about the entry of robots into the political agenda, AI. You've almost become like family, besides all seven of my children and 32 grandchildren and great-grandchildren."

    - 97 year old client, Rungsted 2023 -
  • "When our father became terminally ill, he wanted to spend his last days at home and we struggled to get public assistance, but ran into long waits and summer vacations.

    Private Nurse and the entire team were our saviors! In just a few days, they set up absolutely amazing help and support with visits and care every day and were incredibly flexible in quickly adapting care as the disease progressed.

    Thanks to Private Nurse and the amazing and highly professional nurses, our father got the end of life he wanted."

    - Family in Nærum -

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