Palliative Care Nursing
Palliative care nursing is a form of specialist supportive care for patients with the aim of helping them and their families cope with their condition and treatment. It places particular focus on preventing or relieving patient suffering whilst offering invaluable support to families.
Palliative care can be a vital support service offered at any stage of a patient’s condition. It can be appropriate for patients and their families prior to diagnosis, throughout treatment and continuing into recovery or death and bereavement.
The goal of palliative care is to provide patients with the best quality of life whether they are coping with treatment for a curable illness, living with a chronic condition or nearing the end of their life. It requires input and involvement from a range of medical professionals in order to maintain the best quality of life possible and establish a care plan to ease the patient’s suffering. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, psychologists, other medical specialists and even religious counsellors may be involved in the palliative care process.
Each circumstance requires its own palliative solution to be devised. Often palliative care can be provided in a patient’s own home, at hospital or sometimes within their own home. In addition there are specialist day care facilities that can help meet the care needs of that individual.