Palliative Care is taking care of the patients with life limiting illness and their families. Its core focus is to provide relief from Pain, and stress of a serious illness. The objective is to improve the quality of life for both the Patient and the Family.
Palliative Care is a team approach which is provided by Multi-Disciplinary Team. They all work together with the patient and this provides an extra layer of support for the family. Palliative Medicine can be provided by one doctor while, Palliative Care can be provided by another.
Patient of any age is eligible for this care and it can be started at any stage in illness, whether the illness is curable, chronic or life threatening. There are many illnesses that require palliative care and these are few to be named:
- Renal Diseases
- Neurological Diseases – Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia
- Other Progressive Conditions – Heart failure, HIV/AIDS, Respiratory Failure
- Infections – Fungal, Viral
- Electrolyte Disturbances – Diabetes, Hypomagnesaemia
- Medical Emergencies – Spinal cord compression, Massive Haemorrhage
Apart from the above mentioned illnesses there are other difficulties that a palliative care patient is bound to experience. And these can be:
- Pains (Acute or Chronic)
- Respiratory Problems
- Neurological disorder
- Urinary tract disorder
- Haematology and cardiovascular
- Nutrition and Hydration related
- Skin Infections
- Urgent Symptoms that require immediate control
Palliative Care can be provided at:
- A Hospital as an in-patient
- A Nursing Home, or
- At your home.
Communication plays an important role in Palliative care; it has to be effective between the care provider and the care recipient. It directly impacts the care recipient’s quality of care. In Palliative Care the situation is often emotional, confusing and stressful. That is why it becomes more important to communicate and express.
Palliative Care also provides End of Life Care; it is a support for patients who are in the last months or years of their life. This care gives control, dignity, and comfort. It’s about providing Best Possible quality of life during the time you have.