Palliative Care FAQs

July 21, 2022 Palliative care

Palliative Care FAQs

Palliative care is an approach to improve the quality of life of patients, who are facing a life-limiting and usually progressive illness. Palliative care works to incorporating personalised physical, psychosocial, and spiritual care. The below are some common questions asked when patients or their families are looking into palliative care.

What is Palliative care?

It is specialised care for people living with serious illnesses and focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness. It works to improving quality of life for both the patient and their family as well as help make difficult decisions.

Palliative care can be sought after at any stage in the patient’s illness.

How does a patient get Palliative care?

A referral may be needed to access palliative care. This can be gained from speaking to a GP, district nurse or another healthcare professional.

If the patient is in hospital, care home, nursing home or hospice, this can be arranged by the healthcare professionals there.

Who provides Palliative care and what support is given?

The professionals involved in the care will depend on the sort of care and support needed. A team can include the GP, district nurses, doctors, therapists, and healthcare assistants.

A team can support with:

  • Managing symptoms
  • Planning care and treatment in advance such as getting the correct equipment
  • Supporting the patient and the patient’s family members or those close to them
  • Emotional, psychological, and spiritual support
  • Providing a good quality of life

Where can a patient receive palliative care?

This can be in line with the patients preference such as:

  • In their homes
  • A hospital
  • A hospice
  • A care or nursing home

How can Cavendish Homecare help?

At Cavendish Homecare we are experts in providing Palliative Homecare for individuals with terminal illnesses who want to return or remain in their own homes. We understand that at such a stressful and sensitive time, specialist nursing care and trustworthy support can make a huge difference. We work to support the patients, their families, friends, district nurses, palliative teams, and any spiritual needs to support your Palliative care.

If you would like to enquire about our Palliative Care services, contact us on, 02030085210 or email us at