Why is palliative care important?
Palliative care is one of the most important forms of care offered by professionals because it helps ensure the comfort and wellbeing of people following a terminal diagnosis. After receiving such devastating news it can be hard to know where to turn next, but palliative care can provide the support someone needs during this difficult time.
One of the last things any of us want for a loved one is for them to struggle, and palliative care helps provide them with everything they need as their illness progresses.
Of course, the main benefit of palliative care is to make sure your loved one receives the care and support they need during their illness. On top of this, there are other benefits that mean it is worth its weight in gold.
Increases the quality of life for your loved one
Following a terminal diagnosis, your loved one will possibly experience a range of symptoms and difficulties with their health. These can have a major impact on their quality of life, particularly if they are in pain.
Palliative care helps improve your loved one’s quality of life by managing their symptoms and providing pain relief and support. Your loved one’s wellbeing is, and will always be, the focus of palliative care, and care professionals work with other providers to ensure care is seamless and coordinated.
Improves mental wellbeing
Many of the effects of a terminal illness do not just affect the body, but also the mind, which can have a huge impact on your loved one’s mental health. Palliative care is holistic, so also helps with social, emotional and spiritual aspects.
Ensures safety and security
Wherever your loved one receives palliative care, it ensures they are cared for in a safe and secure environment. This particularly applies to those who receive care in a hospital or care home, which has the facilities and infrastructure in place to assure patient and resident welfare. It also takes the onus off you or your loved one, and a professional carer can monitor progress so they always receive medication and treatment.