ABOUT PALLIATIVE CARE
Based on the philosophy that everyone matters – palliative care involves addressing the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs and to facilitate patient independence, access to information, and choice. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and other specialists who work together with the patient’s other doctors to provide an added layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a life-limiting illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.The 4 Key Components of Palliative Care
The palliative care team plays an important part in enhancing a patient’s quality of life by:
- Recognising symptoms such as pain, nausea, fatigue, breathing or swallowing difficulties, constipation, and hopelessness.
- Identifying the patient’s goals and needs so a palliative care plan can be developed specially for the patient.
- Understanding that many patients and their families struggle to make decisions. We help to facilitate difficult conversations between all parties so that trust can be established and relationships strengthened.
- Assisting with advanced care directives to help people formulate and communicate their preferences regarding care during future incapacity. It must be understood, however, that euthanasia cannot be accepted as part of palliative care.