When is palliative care appropriate?
Palliative care is appropriate at any stage from diagnosis of an illness through to the end of life. Using a palliative approach to care enables people to have the highest possible quality of life at whatever stage their illness is at. Palliative care can be provided by all healthcare professionals.
Specialist palliative care services can be accessed if there is uncertainty with regard to the care a person requires and should be provided in partnership with the primary healthcare team.
It is important to remember that specialist palliative care services can be accessed more than once throughout an illness and that people may be discharged from specialist palliative care services. The diagram below indicates the common illness trajectory for those with advancing neurological illness. It is important to remember that this can vary on an individual basis.