When should palliative care be offered?

End-of-life (palliative) care should be offered to your loved ones when there is a life-limiting condition or chronic illness and they require intense treatment to both ease the pain and manage the condition.

This form of care can begin at any point of your or your loved one’s diagnosis and will occasionally result in end-of-life care.

When is palliative care appropriate?

There may be multiple things to consider when it comes to deciding whether it is time for the end of life care. This is a decision that should be held with a loved one and health experts so that there can determine where you need aid as well as the freedom and comfortability of your own home

However you may not be given a real date or number for how long your condition will last or whether you may pass it or not, you must find out the symptoms you or your loved one may face so that you are mentally and physically prepared, and all the right care messages are put in place, and the type of treatment available

Common misconceptions about palliative care

A big misconception of end-of-life (palliative) care is that you have to live in a hospice, and this is false you can receive end-of-life care from the comfort of your or your loved one’s home and this way you can manage your pain and treatment from your household. Especially in a time when you or your loved one feels helpless

Receiving end-of-life care doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to die soon, you can receive it at any stage of your illness, some people receive care as soon as they are diagnosed or begin treatment, whereas others may only start their end-of-life care at the later point of their condition. Some people have had end-of-life care for years, and others may not even pass away while receiving end-of-life care it all depends on the user and the condition.

Another misconception is that your family and friends cannot be there for you however this is not true. Family and friends can be part of the care and is a great way for you or your loved ones to feel safe and loved. We understand and appreciate that it is a difficult time to see your loved ones, which is why we are here to support you too.

If you would like to learn more about end-of-life care and how we can treat you or your loved one contact us today. Our team are pleased to help and talk through the different options available