Palliative care is a collective term used for the services offered by specialists for people suffering from a long term or terminal illness and their family. Palliative care focuses on helping the patient to relieve from stress and pain of the ailment. The aim is to improve the quality of life.
Who offers palliative care services?
These services are provided by a multidisciplinary team of experts consisting of doctors, nurses, specialists who work with the patients’ doctors. These health practitioners have received formal certification/ training to take palliative care. They give a holistic treatment to the patient and his family. They try and tap their social environment, physical and mental health and help tackle situation-based problems. Usually, depression and mental stress come as a side effect of these diseases.
Who can receive Palliative care?
Palliative care is offered to people suffering from cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, congenital heart failure, kidney diseases and many others. They help cure pain, depression, anxiety, nausea, difficulty in breathing, fatigue and other related symptoms.
What kinds of services are offered?
Such diseases usually mess with the mental health of the patient and his family. Palliative caretakers communicate their way to the patient’s heart. They help them overcome the pain and improve their quality of life. The trauma of suffering from the disease sidetracks the patient’s life from his goals. They guide them through various treatment options available. They also help one plan and schedule your treatment depending on your goals. Palliative care can help the patients understand the various treatment options available with the family. They sit along with the patient’s physician and help plan the schedule.
Palliative treatment can be given at any stage of the disease. Palliative care is used majorly during the treatment of cancer. It helps the person cope up with the physical changes that are going to occur. It also helps them deal with the thoughts and emotional issues that might arise. Family is another important aspect that gets affected as a result of such situations. These specialists try and support family members emotionally.
Difference between Palliative and Hospice care
Usually, when the patient stops responding to the medicines, palliative care is changed to hospice care. At this point, the treatment is stopped and they opt for hospice. Although the nature of service remains the same in both the case, the key difference is the attempt to cure the disease or slow down the progress is stopped.
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