Palliative Care

The focus of palliative care, as per WHO, is to improve quality of life and provide comfort to people of all ages with serious, chronic and life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, congestive heart failure, kidney failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and AIDS amongst others, through prevention and relief of suffering by early identification of associated complications, assessment, and treatment of pain and other problems – physical, psychosocial and spiritual.

Aspects of Palliative Care:

  • Provides relief from pain and other complications that may arise due to chronic illness
  • Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process. It intends neither to hasten nor postpone death, while integrating psychological and spiritual aspects
  • Offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible
  • Offers a support system to help the family cope during illness and bereavement
  • Encourages social and family interactions
  • Accompanying patient to doctor/hospital
  • Disease and medication management
  • Manage incontinence
  • Manage Psychological problems
  • Family caregiver education
  • Managing safety