What is Palliative Care?
Interdisciplinary care that aims to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for patients with advanced illness and their families. It is offered simultaneously with all other appropriate medical treatments.
Benefits of Palliative Care
Palliative care is the key to:
- Understand the plan of care
- Navigate a complex and confusing medical system
- Review options available in the healthcare system
- Provide practical and emotional support for exhausted family caregivers
- Help coordinate and control care options
- Allow simultaneous palliation of suffering along with continued disease-modifying treatments (no requirement to give up curative care)
- Patients understand options and feel more in control
- Right care at right time manages pain and fear
- Lower complexity also reduces risk of "falling between the cracks" in the complicated medical system
- Relieve symptom distress: pain, nausea, breathlessness, anxiety, depression, fatigue, weakness
- Focus on the patient and the family, not on interventions