Is Palliative Care Right for You?
When you or a loved one is facing a serious illness, there can be a lot of choices to make. You may have to make a decision on what hospital to go to for your care. Sometimes there are different options to choose from to treat your illness. Then there are questions like, “Should I continue working while my illness is being treated?” or “Should I go on vacation or stay home to rest?”
Luckily, there are medical professionals available to help you make the decisions that fit your priorities and goals. Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. It gives you, your family and doctors an extra layer of support. It will treat your pain and other symptoms. It will help you understand your treatment options. And it will help you cope with the everyday challenges of living with a serious illness. At Unity First, our palliative care specialists will also work with you to tackle the tough decisions. We put you and your family in the driver’s seat.
What the Experts Are Saying
Palliative care specialists often begin by asking you about what’s most important to you. The reason for this is that every person has a different answer to the question: What does quality of life mean to you? If your doctors understand how you want to live your life, they can work with you to match your treatment options to those goals. They can recommend the appropriate dosage of pain medication to take, or how to plan for a big life event like a vacation or an important work function.
Who Benefits from Palliative Care?
A wide variety of patients can benefit from palliative care including: those who have been diagnosed with a complex, serious illness who desire relief from pain or symptoms associated with the disease; those who need to make difficult decisions about how to proceed with care and treatment; and those who need assistance with communication issues related to care and treatment can all benefit from palliative care.
The Role of Palliative Care
The role of the palliative care team is to facilitate communication and understanding among the patient, family and providers of care, with the hope that the person and family will experience the highest possible satisfaction with the care they receive.
Symptom management, which is a primary goal of palliative care, focuses on relieving pain or the other side affects that go along with disease or treatments to cure the disease. It has been shown that when these distressing symptoms are managed it’s more likely that the course of treatment will be completed.
Palliative care may be provided at any stage of the illness and at the same time as curative treatments. It can be used in the form or part-time supplementary assistance or in tandem with full-time medical attention. Let us help you navigate the path for you or your loved ones care at Unity First, give us a call today.