Palliative Care

Definition of Palliative Care

Palliative care is given to patients with serious illnesses. The goal is to make patients as comfortable as possible, and to better their quality of life despite their health circumstances. Through medicinal help for relief against debilitating symptoms, palliative care is comforting not only to the patient, but to the caregivers and family as well. Palliative care is given by highly trained medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, social workers, or other specialists. And, in some cases, chaplains, massage therapists, pharmacists, and nutritionists could also be a part of the patient's palliative care team. Each team member works together to provide the patient and family with everything they can to ease their pain, whether it be physically, mentally, or emotionally. This kind of extra support can be given to patients of all ages and various illnesses or health circumstances deemed necessary.

People who Receive Palliative Care

Though people who receive palliative care can widely range in their health circumstance, examples include patients with the following:

  • Cancer
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Kidney Disease
  • Alzheimer's
  • Parkinson's
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

The symptoms of such illnesses can be physical, emotional, or mental. They include:

  • Depression
  • Pain
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • ...and many more

How it Works

Medical professionals who are administrating palliative care work closely with the patients. They communicate intently with them, in depth, first and foremost to understand what the patient wishes for their health situation and goals. They also are thorough in letting the patient and their family know about treatment options, support, and emotional help as well through the process. With palliative care, the patient always comes first, and their comfort is the number one priority. The communication alone with palliative care allows for the patient and family to feel at ease, and to have complete understanding with the entire process as well.

(Tags - treatment - care - daily life )

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