When is palliative care needed?

Palliative care is a specialised approach to healthcare that focuses on improving the quality of life for individuals with serious or chronic illnesses. It is intended to provide relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness and its treatments, with the goal of improving overall comfort and well-being.

Palliative care may be appropriate for individuals who:

  1. Have a serious or chronic illness: Palliative care is often recommended for individuals with advanced cancer, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney failure, dementia, and other serious or chronic conditions.
  2. Experience symptoms that affect their quality of life: Palliative care can help manage symptoms such as pain, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, and depression, which can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life.
  3. Have complex medical needs: Palliative care may be recommended for individuals who have complex medical needs that require coordinated care and support from a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals.
  4. Need support with end-of-life care: Palliative care can also provide support to individuals and their families as they navigate end-of-life care and decisions.

It is important to note that palliative care is different from hospice care. While hospice care is a form of palliative care, it is typically reserved for individuals who have a life expectancy of six months or less. Palliative care, on the other hand, can be provided at any stage of a serious or chronic illness.

If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms that impact your quality of life or have a serious or chronic illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether palliative care may be appropriate. Palliative care can help you manage your symptoms, improve your overall comfort and well-being, and provide support to you and your family during a difficult time. Find out more or learn how we can assist you with palliative care at home today.