Palliative care is specialized medical care focused on improving the quality of life for patients facing a life-threatening or chronic illness, and their families. These illnesses can include cancer, congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and more. A team of medical specialists identifies the illness early on and treats the patient’s pain and suffering through a variety of methods including physical, psychosocial, and spiritual. Palliative care includes:
There are two different types of palliative care: Supportive, and Hospice. Supportive care focuses on the patient’s pain and comfort level, while also allowing other disease interventions, including attempts at cure or remission. Hospice care is for the life-ending stage of a serious illness when curative or life-prolonging therapy is no longer desired or available, or the adult patient or family member does not want to pursue it. For more information on palliative care, its types, and how to get it, follow this link or review the sources below.