Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life limiting illness. It is a service given by a multidisciplinary team of nurse specialists (C.N.S.), doctors, physiotherapists, social workers, pastoral care and led by a consultant in Palliative Care.
One of the main aims of palliative care is the excellent control of symptoms such as pain and the side effects or interactions of various medications, chemotherapy, or radiotherapy.
The team is aware that it is a very special time in a person’s life and that people react in a variety of ways. They strive to recognise the individuality of each patient’s, and family’s needs. They develop a very close relationship with the client, and through the frequency of visits are enabled to discuss things with the patient and family members at different levels thus building a strong and confidential relationship.
At the end of our lives we have hopes and aspirations. We want to be where we feel most comfortable, do what brings us joy, and have those we love by our side. Palliative care provides the means by which we can fulfil such hopes
It is not just about death – it is about life, about the care in the hours, days, months or years remaining, about understanding the patient’s physical, spiritual and social needs and supporting family members and friends through the patient’s care and during bereavement.