What is palliative care?
Palliative care may be offered to your loved one if they suffer from a life-threatening or terminal illness and it is likely that they won’t see it past 12 months. They may be receiving palliative care for a few days, weeks or months to make them as comfortable as possible.
When do I need palliative care nursing?
Also known as terminal care, or end of life planning, this type of assistance is indispensable to the family and friends of someone in the later stages of life. When someone is dying, palliative medicine and care can reduce pain and discomfort.
Palliative care is provided in the later stages of an illness which cannot be cured. These illnesses include cancer, Alzheimer's disease, dementia and other conditions which shorten life expectancy.
The aim of palliative care is to ensure you have a high-quality end of life by reducing symptoms including pain relief. As well as an incurable illness you may receive terminal care if you have had an accident.
Questions and information about palliative care
Care which aims to treat or manage pain and other physical symptoms. It will also help with any psychological, social or spiritual needs. The treatment will also involve medicines, therapies, and any other support.Marie Curie
End of life care
You may also receive palliative care early in the course of your illness while you are receiving other treatment such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy to keep the pain at bay while you are dealing with the treatments.
Palliative care is to make your loved one as comfortable as possible in the later stages of their life. If you have a loved one who may need palliative care then it can be provided to them in hospital, care homes, hospices or at home. Most hospitals have palliative care teams available, as the patient you or your loved one has the choice of where to receive it.