What is the first thing that comes to the front of your mind when you hear the phrase “palliative care?” For many people, it’s associated with hospice care. The actual goal of palliative care, though, is to give relief from difficulties like pain, vomiting and nausea that are caused by either a medical condition or from the treatment for that ailment. Sometimes this does come about 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 though similar to hospice care, this type of care concentrates on bettering quality of life, it’s worthwhile at any stage in a patient’s ailment for symptom management and could be used in tandem with curative treatments.
Studies are illustrating a plethora of advantages for patients and their families who decide to use palliative care, including notably higher scores on quality of life assessments, less prevalence of depression and emergency room visits, and even longer survival rates.
Harmony Home Health & Hospice is always here to expand upon this care for your loved one. We believe in providing care for the whole person, and our superior caregivers work vigilantly to improve the quality of life for each individual.
Call on Harmony Home Health & Hospice to determine how we can assist with improving quality of life for older individuals receiving either palliative or hospice care with our wide range of comprehensive in-home health care services. We offer an in-home consultation, during which we can create a plan of care to address particular concerns and challenges, offering solutions that bring comfort and security to older adults and peace of mind to those who love them.
Email or call us any time at 1-877-I-NEED-CARE (1-877-463-3322) to learn about our hospice care in Albuquerque, NM and the surrounding communities, to let us know the challenges you’re facing, and to allow us to provide the support you need.