Is Palliative Care the Right Choice for Someone I Love?

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Is palliative care the right choice in your particular situation?

If you’re asking yourself, “Is palliative care the right choice for someone I love?” you first need to understand exactly what palliative care is, and what it is not. For many people, it’s synonymous with end-of-life care. The more accurate intent of palliative care, though, is to offer comfort from symptoms like pain, vomiting and nausea that are a consequence of either a medical condition or from the treatment for that condition. Sometimes this does take place at the end of life.

Dr. Eric Widera, who practices palliative care at the University of California, San Francisco, points out, “We hear this all the time: ‘They’re not ready for palliative care,’ as if it’s a stage people have to accept, as opposed to something that should be a routine part of care.”

And despite the fact that palliative care, similar to hospice care, concentrates on enhancing quality of life, it’s worthwhile at any stage in a patient’s illness for symptom management and may be used in conjunction with curative treatments.

Studies are illustrating a variety of advantages for patients and their families who select palliative care, such as considerably higher scores on quality of life assessments, less occurrence of depression and emergency room visits, and even longer survival rates.

The expert care team at Endeavor In Home Care is here to expand upon this care for your loved one. We believe in providing care for the whole person, and our exceptional caregivers work attentively to improve the quality of life for each individual.

Contact Endeavor In Home Care to learn how we can help with improving quality of life for older adults receiving either palliative or hospice care with our full range of comprehensive in-home care services. We offer a free in-home evaluation, during which we can put together a care plan to address specific concerns and challenges, offering solutions that supply comfort and security to seniors and peace of mind to those who love them.

Call us any time (480) 498-2324 to tell us about the challenges you’re facing, and to allow us to provide the support you need. We’re pleased to serve seniors throughout Mesa, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Tempe, and the surrounding areas.