How Palliative Care Helps the Patient and the Family


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Also commonly referred to as Supported care is one of the most misunderstood terms in health care. When they hear the term “palliative care” many people think of “end of life care”. However, when put in place Palliative care is different from hospice and can provide a better quality of life for seriously ill patients and their caregivers.

This post will discuss what palliative care is, how it differs from hospice and how it can benefit both patient and family.

What is Palliative Care and Its Benefits?

Palliative care is a specialised type of medical care that helps people with serious illnesses live as comfortably and as pain-free as possible. It can be given to people who are not expected to live very long or it can be given to people who are still undergoing treatment for their illness. 

The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life for the patient and their family. This can be done by managing pain and symptoms, helping with emotional and social support, and providing spiritual care if needed.

Benefits include:

  • Improved quality of life
  • Relief from symptoms and stress
  • Match treatment to your goals

How does Palliative Care Differ from Hospice?

Hospice care is a type of medical care that is only given to people who are expected to live for six months or less. Hospice care is based on the idea that it is better to focus on comfort and quality of life rather than on treatment.

Palliative care on the other hand is available to people with all types of serious illnesses who are still undergoing treatment. It is based on the needs of the patient, not on their prognosis.

How Palliative Care Benefits The Family

While palliative care works towards giving people with serious illnesses a well and full life, it can also be particularly beneficial to family and caregivers. Patient/family-centred care is beneficial at any age and at any stage in a serious or chronic illness. 

Healthcare professionals use a patient’s values, goals and wish to determine disease management. The patient is then involved in the process through sharing their plan with family members or friends who provide care and support. 

Palliative care helps family caregivers to feel supported and connected. It provides them with the tools they need to care for their loved ones in a way that is best suited to them. 

Additionally, it reduces stress for all parties involved. When there‚Äôs a sick loved one in the home, caregivers feel the strain. With Palliative care, patients are at ease and comfortable, in turn benefiting all parties involved – making the stress and struggle of caregiving easier. 

Giving You The Resources You Need

Dying To Understand is a charity and community dedicated to educating those diagnosed with a terminal illness and their loved ones, on death and dying and how to make the most out of living. 

With a host of resources for both patient and family, Dying To Understand empowers you with the knowledge and skills required to make the most of the time you have left. Browse their website today!

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