Patients with long-term or chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, HIV, hepatitis, liver failure, kidney failure, dementia etc., generally use palliative care. In some cases such care is given until the patient reaches the end of the care cycle which could be recovery or death.

What is palliative care?

World Health Organization defines palliative care as “an approach that improves the patient’s quality life style along with their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification, assessment, Pain management along with other problems which includes physical, psychosocial and spiritual…”

The primary goal of Pain Management is to ensure comfort and relief from both physical and psychological issues which could be pain, dementia etc.

It includes:

  • Pain Relief
  • helping the family cope with the illness of their loved ones and death by providing them with emotional and spiritual support against the disease
  • enabling the patients to be more socially independent, active and positive
  • educating the patient and family about the disease, how to cope with it, treatment options etc

Such care is not intended to accelerate or postpone death.

When is palliative care required?

A person may benefit from palliative care when he/she has been diagnosed with a serious long-standing or a life-threatening diseases. Palliative care is supportive treatment given apart from the primary treating doctor’s advice, to fight the disease.Supportive palliative care will help you be strong emotionally, spiritually and helps to cope the uneasiness associated with the disease- both physical and mental. Palliative care includes counseling, which helps to identify and achieve the desired clinical goals. The goal is to enhance the quality of life of the patient while they are living and tailored to suit the needs of each individual patient’s requirement.

Palliative care can be commenced during any stage of illness. The earlier palliative care commences, the better outcome.

Who gives palliative care?

Palliative care is given by hospitals, home health care providers, psychologists, nurses, assisted living health care facilities etc. You may ask your doctor to refer you to good palliative health care service providers.

How is palliative care different from hospice care?

Hospice care commences after the patient has stopped responding to treatment and it is certain that the patient will succumb to the disease. On the contrary, palliative care can commence on diagnosis or during any stage of the disease.

One Life is experienced in providing palliative care for patients with chronic and life-threatening diseases. We provide the support and care that the patients and their family require during this period of critical illness and stress.

 

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