What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is an approach to care focusing on promoting comfort through relieving pain and other symptoms. The aim of palliative care is to enhance the quality of life of those living with life limiting progressive conditions and their families.
Palliative care uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families. The team is comprised of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work with persons’ primary doctor(s) to provide an extra layer of support. This approach should be used in the care of those with an advancing neurological illness.
The disciplines of medicine that may be involved include:
- Specialist nurses
- Speech and language therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Nutrition and dietetics
- Social work
- Respiratory care
- Pastoral Care
- Palliative Care Consultant
World Health Organisation Palliative Care definition
The World Health Organisation (WHO) states palliative care improves the quality of life of patients and families ‘through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual’ Read more>>>