Relieves suffering. Improves quality of life.
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness — whatever the diagnosis. The goal of the caregiving team, through enhanced presence and expertise, is to improve quality of life for both the patient and his or her loved ones, while remaining sensitive to the patient’s and family’s values and priorities.
Palliative care through education techniques helps the patient have more control over his or her care by better understanding treatment options as well as helping those who wish to address issues of death and dying with compassion and dignity.
Palliative care is appropriate at any age and stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.