Palliative care is a type of care focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is based on the needs of the patient, not on the patient’s prognosis. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment.
This treatment focuses on quality of life and includes treatment to people that suffer from stress of serious illness such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), cancer.
The main goal is to relieve suffering and the best possible quality of life for patients and their families. Palliative care team helps improve the quality of life.
The palliative care team also spends the time it takes to help you match your treatment choices to your goals. They will also make sure that all of your doctors know and understand what you want. This gives you more control over your care and will improve your quality of life. The team also provide wide support they communicate with all your doctors so that everyone is in the same page.