What is palliative care?
Palliative care is a care support service that is tailored to a patients needs during all stages of their condition. Each patient will have their own individual palliative care support plan devised to help them and their families cope with the issues that arise due to their condition. This care plan is devised in consultation with medical professionals and care services and offers support and help not only for patients but also their families.
What is the aim of Palliative care?
The aim of palliative care is to help maintain a patient’s quality of life as well as relieving and preventing pain and suffering. In addition a palliative care plan assess patients pain and advise on treatment or coping methods. As well as pain it aims assess and treat other physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems and help patients remain engaged and active in life as possible.
When is Palliative care suitable?
Palliative care can be required and recommended at any stage of a patient’s condition. Whether it’s assistance needed whilst awaiting a diagnosis, help for those struggling with symptoms or the treatment of a diagnosed condition or those nearing the end of life palliative care can help patients and their families cope with the issues that may arise.
Palliative care can be of benefit to patients coping with symptoms long term conditions that include pain, nausea, fatigue, moderate breathing difficulties, depression, issues sleeping and loss of appetite. Treating or minimising these symptoms can also help to improve the ability to cope with medical treatment.
Where is Palliative care available?
Palliative care can be offered to patients in numerous locations. Many patients prefer to remain in their own homes wherever possible and will often feel more comfortable in a familiar environment. If possible palliative care can take place in the patient’s home to help maintain the quality of life as best as possible. If it’s not possible to offer care in the home then it is available in hospitals or specialised day care facilities where care professionals are available to offer the greater level of support required.
PrimeLife palliative care nursing
At PrimeLife we take a holistic, team-based approach to palliative care nursing, with doctors, nurses and specialist palliative care social workers all involved in the process of providing the best possible care and support to patients as well as their family.