Palliative Care

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What is palliative care?

It is a special form of health care for individuals with serious illnesses.

Who needs it?

Palliative care is mainly intended to provide patients with relief from symptoms and stresses of series illnesses. Prevention is better than cure. Hence, palliative care is among the leading helpful causes towards a healthy life…for both the patient and the family.

Who provides it?

Palliative care is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses and other medical specialists who work together with a patient’s already assigned doctors hence forming an extra source of medical aid for the patient. It can be given at any age, for any major medical illness alongside curative treatment. This way, patient’s complete medical safety is ensured full term. Sunrise Services offer you palliative care in just the way patient needs it. A team especially trained for this specific care is provided to the one in need of it without any biased attitude on the part of our staff as well as the patient and his/her family.

What are its goals?

Palliative care improves quality of life by treating people suffering from serious and chronic illnesses such as:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiac disease (such as congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • kidney failure
  • Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Palliative care focuses on symptoms like:

  • Pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Depression

It also aids you in regaining control over your health and tolerance for medical treatment. In addition, by receiving palliative care, you are introduced to a better understanding of choices for medical treatment you wish to acquire.

How does it benefit patient, specialist and family?

Palliative care is a team approach. The core team constitutes doctors, nurses and social work palliative care specialists. Other members of the team may also include:

  • Massage therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Nutritionists
  • Chaplains

The team gives you their full attention by spending as much of their time with you as it can. It partners up with you, your family and your other doctors hence leading you towards a successful recovery faster in no time. It offers you and your family full support regarding your choice of medical treatment as well as guides you in deciding better in this regard.

So if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a serious illness, palliative care will surely reach up to your benefit.