What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is a specialised approach to easing pain for people with serious or life threatening illnesses.
Care focuses on providing you with relief from the symptoms and stress by improving the quality of life for both yourself and your family. A palliative care approach to care can last for years, relieving pain at every point from diagnosis onwards.
It is therefore appropriate at any age and at any stage of a serious illness.
Which illnesses benefit from Palliative Care?
Palliative care from KinCare assists with serious illnesses such as cancer, cardiac disease, motor neurone disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and end-stage kidney or lung disease to manage symptoms and improve their quality of life.
You can also choose to receive palliative care and continue to pursue other life-prolonging programs, including chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
A tailored palliative care plan helps with a wide range of physical, emotional or day to day issues, including,
- Nausea and vomiting
- Bowel or bladder problems
- Loss of appetite, weight loss
- Shortness of breath
- Mental confusion
- Difficulty sleeping
Palliative Care also helps you gain the strength to carry on with daily life. It improves your ability to tolerate medical treatments. A tailored plan also helps you have more control over your care by improving your understanding of your choices for treatment.