Palliative care can be defined as a specialized medical and supportive care team which takes care of seriously ill people suffering from life threatening diseases or illnesses and who may have less survival chances.
Palliative care team include a team of well trained healthcare service providers who help the patient cope with the trauma of illness they are going through. The team not only aims at give moral support, and ease the pain caused by the symptoms of illness or disease but also give emotional, spiritual support and medical support.
How Palliative Care Works?
- The main aim of palliative care team is to improve quality of life of the patient suffering from serious disease like – cancer, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, heart failure, lung disease and other diseases. These illnesses make the patient go through depression, weight loss, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, insomnia, nausea, anxiety, fatigue and emotional trauma which is difficult to imagine. This specialized team makes sure to bring the patient out of the trauma by constant motivation and help gain courage to get back to daily life, thus improving quality of life.
- Palliative care being a specialized medical care team that not only provides the patient relief from stress caused by the disease but also actively participate in conversing with the patient and listen to what the patient wants to express, they make sure to analyze the state of mind of the patient and try to make the patient understand about the treatment and help deal with the pain caused by treatment. The best part about this specialized medical team is that they try to understand what the patient wants and coordinate with the doctors and let them know what the wants and wishes of the patient.
- When a person is diagnosed with life threatening disease and when very little hope is there for that affected person, it is the family members who suffer silently and in such situations palliative team helps the family as well as the patient cope with the disease. Palliative team becomes a strong support system who works to communicate with the patient and the family and help deal with the distressful situation.
Conclusion – The main goal of palliative care is to help the patient manage the symptoms of dreadful disease and provide relief from pain. They also focus on providing strong support to the family of the patient. Palliative care is like boon that anyone with cancer or serious diseases can receive before, after and during treatment.