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Palliative or end-of-life care is a crucial part of the healthcare services a person is likely to seek over the course of their lifetime. If you’re learning about it for the first time you probably have a few questions, so we’ve endeavoured to answer those as best we can.
Simply put, anyone who is coming to the end of a terminal illness is very likely to need palliative care as things progress. This will apply to cancer patients who have stopped treatment, a subsection of the very elderly, and anyone with any kind of long-term terminal illness; it’s less likely to apply to those with heart conditions or other illnesses that have a higher survival rate. Essentially, anyone who is pretty definitively coming to the end of their life will benefit from this care. It’s not usually necessary while people can still lead relatively normal lives, however; a terminal diagnosis does not by itself put someone in need of direct palliative care, though it can be a good idea to start putting things in place as early as possible so that they’re there when you need them.
The kind of care you will receive all depends on your needs. If you’re in an amount of pain, a large part of it will of course be pain management; this will vary from person to person, but can involve some very effective painkillers in most end-of-life cases. Others will need much more hands-on care – you may find that you need help washing, dressing and eating, or at least that you need someone to prepare your meals for you. Your precise needs will depend on your condition, and for most people will also vary day by day. This is one of the reasons that it’s so important to have a good working relationship with your carers and to be able to discuss your needs and concerns with them openly.
Contact us on 1300 737 942. We’ll be ready to help.