When is Palliative Care recommended?

September 24, 2021 Palliative care

When is Palliative Care recommended?

Palliative Care should be recommended when your loved one has a life-limiting condition or chronic illness. This type of care can be offered at any point during your loved one’s diagnosis. However, Palliative Care may result in end-of-life care being recommended.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is care which aims to improve the quality of life of anyone facing a life-threatening condition. Furthermore, it includes physical, emotional and spiritual care.

Who provides Palliative Care?

Different health and social care professionals may be involved in your palliative care, depending on your needs.

Your loved one may need additional specialist palliative care. This may be provided by consultants trained in palliative medicine, specialist palliative care nurses, or specialist occupational therapists or physiotherapists.

Palliative care teams are made up of different healthcare professionals. Hence, they can co-ordinate the care of people with an incurable illness. Therefore, as specialists, they also advise other professionals on palliative care.

If your loved one is being cared for at home, their GP has overall responsibility for their care. Family and friends may be closely involved in caring for your loved one too.

What to expect from Palliative Care at home

Choosing Palliative Care at home, for your loved one keeps them in a familiar environment. This makes the adjustment in change of care easier on your loved one. As well as yourself and your friends and family. Furthermore, being in the comfort of their own home means your loved one doesn’t lose their privacy. In addition to their other home comforts, which make all the difference.

What symptoms can Palliative Care address?

Here are some symptoms that palliative care may address:

  • Pain
  • Constipation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Bowel or bladder problems
  • Loss of appetite, weight loss, or wasting
  • Shortness of breath or laboured breathing
  • Coughing
  • Depression

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.