Palliative care is a multidisciplinary care approach to life-limiting illnesses. This compassionate care method focuses on providing relief from symptoms, pain, physical and mental stress. The palliative care team and primary caregiver (doctor) establishes goals with the family and the patient to extend and enhance their quality of life. This palliative care team is made up of nurses, doctors, pharmacists, therapists, etc. Palliative care teams can differ based on each patient’s individual care needs and requirements. Goals of care can also vary for each individual and can vary based on their health condition. However, there are some key goals that are set for every patient which include:
- Improve the quality of life
- Relief of pain and symptoms through medications, and therapies prescribed by the primary caregiver
- Support the patient with their religious or spiritual needs.
- Assist and coordinate daily care tasks
These goals are a basic guideline for all patients of palliative care. The palliative care team can also provide information, and provide extra support beyond the scope of the goals of care. This team is essentially your support unit throughout the care process. In order to gain a better understanding of what your loved one’s goals of care may include, please consult with your health practitioner or a member of the Aspen Care staff.
For more information, please visit: Palliative Care Alberta Health Services