Palliative care aims to provide comfort for a terminally ill person, as well as services. The care can start anytime, but is most effective at the point of diagnosis.
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Palliative care is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is based on the needs of the patient, not on the patient’s prognosis. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment.
Anyone living with a severe terminal illness can inquire about palliative care. These illnesses can include cancer, heart failure, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and much more.