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Palliative care is the active total care of patients at a time when their disease is no longer responsive to curative treatment and when life expectancy is relatively limited.
Palliative Care Palliative Care
Palliative Care is that care which is provided to clients and their families when curing the illness or prolonging life is no longer the aim. The major goal is compassionate caring in an effort to maintain quality of life rather than quantity of life. The realms of care are physical, emotional, social and spiritual; all must be given adequate attention. Palliative care provides needed support, maintains hope, and considers death a natural occurrence.
“Palliative care is the active total care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment. Control of pain, of other symptoms, and of psychological, social and spiritual problems is paramount.”
For the dying patient, optimal palliative care addresses the traditional concerns of the hospice movement. Comfort for the patient and preparation of both the patient and family for the inevitability of dying are often the overriding challenges in this setting. This preparation may have to address a broad range of psychological, social, family concerns.

The Work Of Palliative Care
Caregiving Caregiving
The palliative care needs of the patient and family are met in different ways depending on community and family resources. Palliative care can be provided in whatever setting is appropriate – in the home, hospital, or nursing home.
Some elements of palliative care may be needed early, a time when apprehension and uncertainty can cause much suffering. When curative treatment is no longer possible, the skills and services of palliative care professionals are made available to help a terminally ill person live as fully as possible, treasuring the moment of each day, and knowing that the pain and other symptoms of advanced disease can be relieved.

Palliative Care – Nutrition
Many people with advanced cancer and other illnesses feel less hungry and lose weight. It can be very hard to watch a loved one fade away and to realize that further treatment is not possible in someone so frail. It helps to understand that people at the end of their illness respond differently to food and fluids than do healthy people. A small bite or sip of fluid may be enough to relieve the hunger and thirst in a person living with a terminal illness.
There are many reasons why there is loss of appetite. Symptoms like pain, nausea, constipation and shortness of breath take up a lot of energy and may take away the desire to eat and drink. The illness may lead to a blocked bowel or malabsorption (when the body can’t get enough nutrients from food).

Palliative care service includes:
Care Team Care Team
Reasons for Referral:
  1. Pain and symptom management.
  2. Ongoing emotional and social support during the illness for patients and families.
  3. Assistance with the coordination of community and hospital resources to meet the needs of patients.