Introduction to Palliative Care
Palliative Care provides services at home or in a home-like setting to persons with life-threatening and terminal illnesses and their families. Palliative Care aim is to help people live as comfortably and as fully as possible. Palliative Care focus is on caring, not curing and on life, not death.
Palliative Care is usually provided by an interdisciplinary team of professionals and volunteers including doctors, nurses, therapists, clergy, homemakers and other counselors and caregivers. The Palliative Care goal of the team is to ensure that the emotional, spiritual, physical and practical needs of both the client and their family are met. Typically, people do not enter Palliative Care until their projected final few months of life.
Palliative Care Program may provide some or all of the following: emotional support, collaboration and coordination with other agencies, personal care, respite care, spiritual support, financial and legal planning, family support and bereavement support.
Most Palliative Care providers are charitable, not-profit groups that provide the services at no cost to the resident.
More About Palliative Care
Palliative Care is aimed at relief of suffering and improving the quality of life for persons who are living with or dying from advanced illness or are bereaved. Palliative Care is a special kind of health care for individuals and families who are living with a life-threatening illness that is usually at an advanced stage. The goal of Palliative Care is comfort and dignity for the person living with the illness as well as the best quality of life for both this person and his or her family. A "family" is whoever the person says his or her family is. It may include relatives, partners and friends.
An important objective of Palliative Care is relief of pain and other symptoms. Palliative Care is planned to meet not only physical needs but also the psychological, social, cultural, emotional and spiritual needs of each person and family. Palliative Care may be the main focus of care when a cure for the illness is no longer possible. Palliative Care services help people in later life who are ill to live out their remaining time in comfort and dignity.
Palliative Care services are helpful not only when a person is approaching death but also at earlier stages in the illness. Palliative Care may be combined with treatments aimed at reducing or curing the illness, such as chemotherapy. Families also benefit from support when their loved one is dying and after his or her death.
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