What Is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is a type of specialised medical care for people living with chronic, life debilitating illnesses such as cancer or degenerative muscle wasting diseases. It focuses on providing a range of therapies and support for the patient to help provide relief to their families as well as helping them to enjoy an improved quality of life. Medical studies have shown that patients with a serious illness who received or still receive palliative care tend to live longer than those who did not receive any form of care.

How a palliative care team can improve quality of life

Palliative care is not a one size fits all method of treatment, instead it looks at the needs and requirements of each individual in order to create an effective care plan designed around both themselves and their families. Palliative care can involve a wide variety of treatments including medication, nutrition/rehabilitation programs, emotional and physical support, relaxation techniques and support for children or family caregivers. A Palliative care team is made up of a several experts and professionals across a range of professions. These include doctors, nurses, therapists, psychiatrists, and carers.

How palliative care relives suffering from symptoms and stress?

Individuals suffering from chronic conditions can often feel a range of negative emotions that can make life difficult for both them and their families/loved ones. Palliative care can provide much needed help and support by providing access to things like counselling, psychologists, medication to help manage pain or ease problems with sleeping, as well as helping manage their symptoms by recommending activities to help reduce stress and anxiety, such as creating art or joining social groups. Through the use of physical therapy or relation techniques such as Yoga, palliative care can also help sufferers retain muscle strength and stay as fit and healthy as possible in order to achieve the best possible quality of life.

How palliative care relives suffering from symptoms and stress

How palliative care treatment helps?

Palliative care can help individuals suffering from long-term illness in a number of ways. Perhaps you need help with day to day living such as getting dressed or preparing meals or perhaps your family need some extra support. Palliative care can also help individuals achieve important life goals such as getting back into work or managing their finances. Individuals of any age can receive palliative care regardless of what stage their illness is at and there is also no limit on the length of time patients can receive palliative care for.

Palliative care isn’t exclusive for patients of hospices or nursing homes, and you can even receive palliative care at home regardless of whether you live by yourself or with family. It will also have no effect on any active treatments you might be undergoing for your illness. This includes cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy as well as other ongoing medicinal treatments. If you or a loved one is living with a a serious illness and think you might benefit from palliative care, then you should first speak to your nearest GP or healthcare provider who can suggest possible options or refer you to a specialist.