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Palliative Care Defined

by Vanessa Valerio, June 17, 2019

As a leading home care provider, Care Indeed can offer trained staff to help your loved ones diagnosed with any type of condition or disorder. We realize, though, that when it comes to palliative care, many individuals may not even know what this means. And, most importantly, many individuals, family members or patients are not aware of the type of care they will need when a loved one is suffering from a debilitating illness.

This is why Care Indeed is launching a series on Palliative Care to better educate our clients, caregivers and community. 

What is Palliative Care?

According to the Center to Palliative Care, the most comprehensive way to define this level of care is to consider the individual’s diagnosis in need of medical care. Palliative Care is a specialized type of care that is designed to help improve quality of life for all parties involved. Individuals living with a serious illness rely on medical care and treatment, but palliative care focuses more on increasing comfort, relieving pain from symptoms and minimize stress that stems from a chronic and life-threatening illness.

In addition, palliative care is more than just caregiving by a family member or agency. Palliative care is a comprehensive team effort that relies on collaboration among nurses, doctors, specialists, family members and caregivers. This support team works together to ensure that patients are living their best life despite a diagnosis of a chronic condition.

The Patients of Palliative Care

There is not one specific condition or illness that begs the need for palliative care; however, when an individual – and loved ones – are struggling to maintain an appropriate level of comfort, it is necessary.

According to the National Institute on Aging, palliative care is commonly recommended for patients suffering from, but not limited to, these conditions:

  • Heart Failure
  • Dementia
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Palliative Care is not reserved just for patients who are nearing end of life, either. Regardless of the stage of any type of condition or illness, palliative care may be recommended to provide the patient – and loved ones – with the support they need. As the team of specialists work together, curative measures still continue, if applicable.

This type of care is also not reserved for in-home care, as commonly compared to Hospice. Palliative Care can occur at an individual’s residence, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living hosing or even specialized outpatient clinics. In many instances, according to the National Institute on Aging, private insurance policies, Medicare and Medicaid may also help with some of the expenses of this type of care.

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