Palliative care: Symptom Relief During Illness
Palliative care can provide pain and symptom relief, support, and coordinated, holistic care for people who have serious illnesses. If you or a loved one has a serious or life-threatening illness, you might have thought about palliative care. To understand palliative care and how it can help relieve pain and improve quality of life, consider the following questions.
What is palliative care?
Palliative care takes into account your emotional, physical and spiritual needs and goals — as well as the needs of your family. It’s offered alongside curative or other treatments you may be receiving.
Who can benefit from palliative care?
Palliative care may be a good option for children and adults with a serious illness who need help:
- Managing symptoms
- Addressing concerns that matter most to them
- Understanding what to expect with their care plan
- Understanding programs and resources available to support them throughout their illness
- Understanding the pros and cons of treatment options
- Making decisions in line with their personal values and goals
How does palliative care work?
A palliative care specialist can also help you or your loved one communicate with doctors and family members and create a smooth transition between the hospital and home care or nursing facilities. The palliative care team will educate you and your family members about what to expect and schedule routine meetings to discuss ongoing care throughout the course of your illness.
What are some real-life examples of palliative care?
Your primary care doctor suggests that you consider palliative care and explains that a palliative care team will work with you to determine how to ease your symptoms and improve your quality of life.