Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.
- http://www.who.int/cancer/palliative/definition/en/ Accessed Feb 2018
Palliative care explanation in less than one minute.
Palliative care is for all life-limiting illnesses, including COPD (emphysema), CHF (congestive heart failure), renal failure (advanced kidney disease), and neurological diseases like dementia and ALS.
In our area of Marmora, Madoc, Stirling and Havelock, there are several physicians who can provide around the clock care with a home care team, both at your home or in Madoc or Warkworth hospices.
Who will speak for you if you can't? Will they make the same decisions that you would want? The best way to make sure this will happen is to write out an advanced care plan.
Caregivers go through as much as the patient who is ill. Roles change, demands on your time and your energy can pile up at times.
Government resources on the assisted dying legislation and your legal right to be assessed should you wish.