Our Blog

Benefits of Palliative Care

by Vanessa Valerio, July 08, 2019

 

Palliative Care includes forming a collaborative team of specialists, medical care physicians, nurses, family members and of course, Care Indeed caregivers to provide the best care to improve the quality of life for patients. We are also committed to educating the community, our caregivers and our clients.

That’s why we’ve launched an additional series on Palliative Care. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of Palliative Care.

Is Palliative Care for You?

Palliative Care is beneficial for a variety of reasons. In fact, a study published by the National Cancer Institute found that patients opting for palliative care were reported to have better moods and quality of life while coping with debilitating diseases, such as cancer. The study also found that patients nearing the end of life were more willing to discuss their preferences with health care teams and coped with the reality of the disease.

The benefits of working with a network of care providers are many.

  • Your care team focuses on how to manage your symptoms and pain while physicians and specialists focus on treatment plans.
  • Palliative care allows you to receive both medical and spiritual care while the team also helps you through social and emotional challenges
  • Your individual healthcare needs are met with a support team who helps you navigate daily tasks, routine medical procedures and insurance obligations
  • You are encouraged to live your life to the fullest while coping with side-effects of treatment and symptoms of a debilitating disease

 

Who Benefits From Palliative Care?

While the primary goal of palliative care is to offer support, guidance and comfort for patients coping with chronic conditions or illnesses, patients are not the only individuals who can benefit from palliative care. In many instances, family members and friends struggle to cope with the diagnosis, the care plans and the social and emotional aspects of watching a loved one in pain. Palliative care is designed to form a team of specialists, caregivers and family members to join forces to minimize the pain for all involved.

According to the Center to Advanced Palliative Care, more than 43 million individuals worldwide are caring for a sick family member who is 50 years or older. As a result, these individuals face stressors that include a loss of work hours and pay, as well as emotional and social challenges. The solution is palliative care.

When equipped with a support team, family members and caregivers are able to join together to provide comfort for the patient, but also lean on each other for support. The team can relieve some of the stress associated with caring for a patient nearing the end of life or struggling with a long-term disease.

In addition, the Center to Advanced Palliative Care has found that family members and friends tasked with caring for a patient with a chronic illness benefit significantly with palliative care. These benefits include:

  • Better Quality of Life
  • Decreased Risk of Depression
  • Less Instances of Feeling Overwhelmed

 

Finding the Support and Care You Need

 

A physical illness or disease can affect individuals at any stage of life and age. In some cases, the symptoms may be mild, but many disorders can also be life threatening.

This is why support and care is essential at the onset of any type of discomfort. And, a team effort ensures that you – or a loved one – will navigate chronic conditions in comfort.

It’s important to learn as much about the symptoms and care needed to help support your loved ones. Tap into resources from local and national organizations to boost your knowledge of how the disorder affects everyone involved and to also identify coping skills. In addition, lean on caregivers, such as the qualified staff from Care Indeed, to help with daily living, while coordinating palliative care.

Life with any type of illness is challenging and learning how to accept the challenge is the first step in living life. While you may struggle with grief and loss when coping with the symptoms as a patient, caregiver or family member, the support you need is only a click away.

Care Indeed is committed to providing you the support and in-home caregivers who understand your challenges and daily struggles at work and home. Learn more about how to get the support you need while living with Dementia today