COVID-19 has brought a disruption in the whole world. In this time of the pandemic, healthcare systems and professionals have stood up to manage the influx of the affected patients. The coronavirus presents a severe acute care crisis for an unknown duration, in which potentially hundreds of thousands of people may get sick, some critically, and tens of thousands may die.
The elderly population who have underlying chronic or serious health issues are at higher risk from the novel coronavirus. In such a situation, palliative care or senior home care is the need of the hour. Patients, health-care providers, and caregivers can benefit from the palliative care community who help in discernment of patient goals, advance care planning, pain and symptom management, and support for caregivers. And yet, we would argue, palliative care has never been more important.
Let us look at some of the figures related to COVID-19 and how palliative care and home nursing services can be beneficial
In this time, palliative care is critically the need of the hour. Palliative care professionals carry strength and kindness that is required in the most troubled times faced by the patients, their families. Their role in the time of COVID-19 is to keep the “care” in healthcare, even as systems, patients, and healthcare providers are under short supply.