Who Can Benefit from Palliative Care?

Palliative care is appropriate at any stage for those living with a life limiting  illness  including those with advancing neurological illnesses, and can be provided together with curative treatment. It is not designed to replace treatment; rather it complements the treatment received. 

The diagram below indicates some elements of the journey that people may encounter with advancing neurological illness. Depending on the complexity of symptoms Specialist Palliative Care (SPC) input may be required along the journey. However it is important to remember that everyone’s journey is individual and some of the steps on the journey may occur before others and may occur more than once.

Common Elements of the Journey with advancing neurological conditions:

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Each journey is unique to the individual concerned. 

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