Comfort care is not about giving up, it’s about choosing how you want to live moving forward. It enables you to maintain your dignity and quality of life, even when facing a serious illness.
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Palliative care helps people with serious illness feel better; physically, emotionally and spiritually. It is an extra layer of support to improve quality of life at any stage of illness. Palliative care is not end-of-life care. Patients may continue receiving curative treatments and move in and out of care as needed.
If you have concerns about complex symptoms related to a serious illness, ask your doctor for a consultation. Medicare and many insurance plans typically cover palliative care consultations.
What Things Does Palliative Care Help to Manage?
Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life and promote the comfort of those diagnosed with a serious illness. Two of the many ways this is done is by managing the symptoms related to the illness and reducing any side effects of medications or treatments for that illness.
Palliative care focuses on managing multiple symptoms, including:
- Complex pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Sleep disorders
- Problems with balance and dizziness
- Other symptoms that lead to distress
Spiritual and emotional support is also provided to the patient and their family in an effort to get them through a challenging, emotional time as comfortably as possible.
When Does Someone Need Care?
Palliative care can be a significant and valuable form of healthcare that helps alleviate the pain and suffering of those who are going through a severe illness or terminal diagnosis. It focuses on providing comfort and support for all aspects of the illness, including emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical well-being. Although any patient can benefit from palliative care regardless of age, diagnosis, or prognosis, it is normally recommended when the person has a life-limiting illness that is not expected to go away anytime soon.
It allows patients to gain control over their medical condition through symptom management and increasing communication between patients, family, and medical personnel. Palliative care can help people make important decisions about how they want to live their remaining days comfortably and with peace of mind.
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