What is Palliative Care?

August 13, 2018

Palliative Care Explained

You may have heard the term but not known exactly what this involves. Palliative Care is care for patients that are terminally ill, provided by a health professional.
This type of care not only manages the pain of the patient, but also provides a more holistic approach to the health of both patient and family. The health professional not only looks at the medical pain management side, but also the social, psychological and spiritual support that is required alongside. If you have ever or are currently going through this, you will understand that successfully caring for a family member or friend that is terminally ill requires much more that pain management. The support that is required can be overwhelming for any individual not trained in this area.

Unlike hospice care, palliative care can begin from moment of diagnosis through to the end of life. Even in the early stages of diagnosis support is required. The aim for any patient undergoing palliative care is to improve their quality of life for both the patient and those close to them, especially when disease focused treatment is no longer viable.

Who can provide palliative care?

Various health and social care organisations can be involved with palliative care such as; doctors, nurses, GP’s, and community nurses. However, there are specialised organisations that that offer palliative care;
Consultants trained in palliative care
Specialist palliative care nurses

How do I get palliative care assistance?

There are a few ways to obtain palliative care assistance.

  1. Ask your primary care doctor for a referral. Using palliative care does not mean you can no longer use your primary care doctor, the palliative team will work alongside your doctor.
  2. You have the option of sourcing specialists privately. There are many specialised agencies that solely offer palliative care. Speak to other friends and family, or a simple search on the internet can provide you with several options.
  3. Care homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities, nursing homes out-patients and clinics all can offer these services. However, each organisation does differ and may require research.

Elder lady resting

Where do I look for more information? 

Trying to navigate through the minefield of carers can be a difficult time. Please find some further information sources that might help the process easier.
https://www.bmj.com/content/356/bmj.j878
https://www.webmd.com/palliative-care/when-is-palliative-care-appropriate#1

How Cavendish Homecare can help

At Cavendish Homecare we specialise in providing high level quality private care, including palliative care. Our team come from all areas of the professional healthcare sector – from Registered nurses to compassionate Family Liaison experts – that’s why we understand that each patient requires individual specialised plans, therefore, we take the time to meet you and your family to plan yours, or your loved one’s personal healthcare requirements.

We have been within private healthcare since 2009 and built up a respected reputation for delivering a professional yet compassionate service. Our services are not restricted to palliative care, we are also able to provide you with; Live In care, Cancer care, Post Operative Home Care and Respite care as well as Travel assistance.

Find out how we can help with your palliative care requirements, alternatively, any other healthcare needs you may be seeking for yourself or loved one. Please do get in touch with us on 0203 008 5210, or email us at info@cavendishhomecare.com


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