Palliative Care – Everything you need to know

Palliative Care – Everything you need to know

Melbourne, Australia — We all know that palliative care is important, but what does it mean? What are the benefits? And how can we get it for our loved ones who are suffering from a terminal illness?

In this post, we’ll explore everything you need to know about palliative care.

Palliative care – what exactly it is

Palliative care is a type of medical care that focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness.  It is not curative, meaning it does not aim to treat the underlying cause of the disease.

Palliative care is appropriate for anyone with a serious illness, at any stage of the disease. It can be given alongside other treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

9 Benefits of palliative care

1. Relief from pain and other symptoms

Palliative care can provide relief from the pain and other symptoms of a serious illness. The care team will work with the patient to develop a plan to manage these symptoms.

2. Improved quality of life

Palliative care can improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family. The care team will help the patient to maintain as much independence and control as possible.

3. Enhanced communication

Palliative care can help to enhance communication between the patient, the family, and the medical team. The care team can provide support and guidance in making difficult decisions about treatment options.

4. Improved access to resources

Palliative care can improve access to resources, such as financial assistance, home care assistance services, and hospice care. The care team can help connect the patient and family with these resources.

5. increased social support

Palliative care can increase social support for the patient and family. The care team can provide referrals to community resources and support groups.

6. improved advance planning

Palliative care can help to improve advance planning for the patient’s medical care. The care team can assist in making decisions about treatment goals and preferences.

7. Coordinated care

Palliative care can provide coordinated, comprehensive care for the patient and family. The care team will work with the patient’s other doctors to provide coordinated care.

8. Increased satisfaction with care

Palliative care can increase satisfaction with the overall medical care experience. The care team can help to ensure that the patient’s needs are being met.

9. Reduced stress

Palliative care can reduce stress for the patient and family. The care team can provide support and guidance through the challenges of a serious illness.

Conditions for palliative care

Palliative care is appropriate for anyone with a serious illness, at any stage of the disease. The following are some conditions that may benefit from palliative care:

– Cancer

– Heart disease

– lung disease

– kidney disease

– Alzheimer’s disease

– AIDS

How to get palliative care

There are several ways to get palliative care. The following are some options:

– Ask your doctor about palliative care services.

– Call a local hospice program.

– Contact a local hospital’s social work department.

– Contact a local palliative care program.

Can you get palliative care at home?

Yes, palliative care can be provided at home. Depending on where you live, there may be programs that offer home-based palliative care services, like I experienced in Melbourne when I was in Australia last year.

The following are some options:

– Contact your local hospice program.

– Contact your local hospital’s social work department.

– Contact your local palliative care program.

Palliative care team

A palliative care team is usually made up of a doctor, nurse, social worker, and chaplain. The team works with the patient’s other doctors to provide coordinated, comprehensive care.

What is the difference between hospice and palliative care?

Hospice care is a type of palliative care that is provided to terminally ill patients. The goal of hospice care is to provide comfort and support to the patient and family during the end of life. Palliative care is not necessarily limited to those who are terminally ill. It can be provided to anyone with a serious illness, at any stage of the disease.

OPINION: Palliative care vs. Hospice

Bottom Line

Palliative care provides relief from the pain and other symptoms of a serious illness, improves quality of life, enhances communication, improved access to resources, increased social support, improved advance planning, coordinated care, increased satisfaction with care, reduced stress for both patient and family. The benefits of Palliative Care are vast and can make a huge impact on those suffering from a serious illness.

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