Palliative care is for people living with a terminal illness where a cure is no longer possible. It’s not just for people diagnosed with terminal cancer, but any terminal condition. It’s also for people who have a complex illness and need their symptoms controlled. Although these people usually have an advanced, progressive condition, this isn’t always the case.
The palliative care our Carers can provide will be to work in close collaboration with and to assist the input from the medical and nursing teams assigned to you. Together we aims to treat or manage pain and other physical symptoms. We can also help with any psychological, social or spiritual needs. Your medical treatment package is likely to involve medicines, therapies, and any other support that your specialist teams believe will help you.
The goal is to help you and everyone affected by the diagnosis to achieve the best quality of life. You might receive palliative care alongside particular treatments, therapies and medicines, such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
- Improves quality of life
- Gives relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
- Supports life and keeping people as healthy as possible, regarding dying as a normal process
- Doesn’t quicken or postpone death
- Combines psychological and spiritual aspects of care
- Offers a support system to help people live as actively as possible until death
- Offers a support system to help the family cope during a person’s treatment and in bereavement
- Uses a team approach to address the needs of the person who is ill and their families
- Also applies to the earlier stages of illness, alongside other therapies that are aimed at prolonging life
- Can take place in hospitals, hospices but also in people’s homes