The Goals of Palliative Care
Palliative care is a broader philosophy that includes hospice care. Palliative Care can be used as a separate area of medical practice while the patient is receiving treatment.
As with hospice, palliative care aims to improve quality of life from every different angle. It can include the following goals:
- To keep pain to a minimum, using clinical methods.
- To treat symptoms and improve health where possible.
- To assist with mobility and safety.
- To allow meaningful interactions between patients and their friends, family, and community.
- To improve spiritual and emotional well-being through counselling, art and pet therapy programs, and more.
- To allow both patients and caregivers to understand and express their feelings at this most difficult of times.
- To ensure patients and caregivers understand what is happening and make informed, well-thought-through choices.
- To help reduce the sometimes heavy burden on caregivers through training, respite care or everyday hands-on assistance.
In order to be as effective as possible, palliative care should start early in the care program- often, the earlier we can start, the more we can help. Making firm plans for care in advance can also help reduce worry and stress. If you or someone you care about might benefit from palliative care and you want to understand the options, talk to us. We are here for you.