Dr. Alexander Everest Shares the Ways You Can Prepare Your Loved One for Palliative Care

Where Palliative Care Can Be Given

Palliative care can be given at home in the presence of family. Typically, home health aides and doctors help to administer palliative care in the home. Palliative care can also be given in a hospital, hospice, or assisted living center.

Reasons Why Palliative Care is Chosen

Palliative care may be chosen because the patient is experiencing pain or distress due to medical treatments or as a result of their illness itself. Many patients who choose palliative care have not given up on their prospects of recovering from their illness, but others prefer to use it as part of hospice care.

The Differences Between Palliative Care and Hospice Care

While palliative care and hospice care have a great deal in common and often overlap, there are a few key differences between these methods that you and your ill loved one should understand.

Be Open About Their Condition

Palliative care may be considered if a patient has little hope of responding to curative treatment. It may also be considered if a “break” from treatment is indicated, especially where cancer care is concerned. Many cancer treatments, in particular, cause extreme discomfort for the patient and cause them to lose their strength. In some cases, taking a break and going temporarily to palliative care can help patients respond better to curative treatment in the future.

Address Misconceptions

Another hurdle that families looking into palliative care may experience is the patient’s perception that palliative care is the same as hospice care and involves “giving up” on the patient’s chance for recovery. You should reassure your loved one that palliative care and hospice care are not the same things, though they share some aspects in common with one another.

Setting Up the Home for Palliative Care

The patient should have their room but should not be separated from family activities. Friendly and loving interactions with all members of the family, including children, should be pursued. At-home medical equipment should be purchased or borrowed, including hospital beds, oxygen tanks, wheelchairs, and blood pressure monitors. The in-home caregiver will have a list of everything that the home needs to pursue palliative care.

Preparing Your Loved One for Palliative Care

When you have gone over all of these issues with your loved one, you can be reassured that you have fully explained palliative care and how it affects your loved one’s medical treatment and prospects.

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Alexander Everest

Alexander Everest

Dr. Alexander Everest has over 20 years of experience in key positions in the healthcare industry.