Palliative care focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious, life threatening illness.
The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family by identifying, assessing and treating pain and other problems encompassing physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs.
Being told that curative care is no longer a possibility can be a very stressful time for everyone involved. Aged Care Planning has skilled staff who can assist patients and family talk through issues of concern. Support is available for the patient or family member to discuss their feelings, hopes and concerns in an open, non-judgemental and caring way.
According to the World Health Organisation definition (2015), palliative care:
- provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms;
- affirms life and regards dying as a normal process;
- intends neither to hasten or postpone death;
- integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care;
- offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death;
- offers a support system to help the family cope during the patients illness and in their own bereavement;
- uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counselling, if indicated;
- will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness;
- is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and includes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications.
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