Palliative care is a form of healthcare that is conducted to improve the overall quality of life for patients and families that are collectively facing a life threating illness. This is conducted through the prevention and overall relief of a patient by means of identifying and treating physical as well as psychosocial problems.
What does palliative care do?
- Provides relief to patients that are suffering from various pains and or distressing symptoms,
- Empathises with patient and family, shows that dying is a normal process of life
- Does not hasten or postpone death
- Enhances the overall quality of life by showing a positive influence
- Utilizes a team to asses and assist the needs of patients as well as family members
- Behaviour counselling for patients that require it
Palliative care is generally administered in the early stages of a serious illness, patients that are suffering from terminal and life threating illnesses may have sever behavioural changes when they are diagnosed. Patients that undergo medical procedures such as chemotherapy require palliative care to help them understand and manage the side effects of their procedures.
Do children also receive palliative care?
Palliative care is also administered to children, to ensure the child and their family are given the support they require to help them through such tough times.
As with adults, palliative care is started at the beginning of a diagnoses and generally continues throughout the child’s time line as they and their families face the challenges and hardships of terminal illness.
There are different types of palliative care, after a situation is assessed, the appropriate forms off palliative care services are given to the relevant parties.
With both children, adults and the elderly, a physical, psychological and social distress assessment is required prior to the beginning of palliative treatment.
To insure an effective palliative care approach, a broad approach that includes a patient’s family is used to help support all involved, including the patient.
Unique Health is a Palliative care agency that assists in making patients lives more comfortable and cheerful in their times of need.