How to Know it is Time for Palliative Care According to Dr. Alexander Everest

If you are seriously ill, you may be interested in palliative care. Palliative care is concerned with relieving your physical symptoms while making you more comfortable. It can be given in a hospital, nursing home, or at home surrounded by family. Depending on your medical situation, you may choose different ways to receive this care.

Dr. Alexander Everest recommends what you should do if you are interested in receiving palliative care, detailing some of the medical and family needs you should consider.

Medical Factors

Some of the medical factors that may come up when deciding on palliative care are the discomfort caused by curative treatments and the need for additional medical support. As a patient, only you know whether the treatments are becoming unbearable and are worse than the effects of the disease. When you reach this point, you may wish to speak to your family members about palliative care.

Using palliative care measures, you may be able to receive treatment for your uncomfortable symptoms like nausea, pain, restlessness, and others. Palliative care is most often associated with these patient comfort considerations.

Emotional Factors

You will sometimes need to convince your family members that this is what you want and that you will benefit from this type of care. Many family members prefer that their loved ones “fight” their illness to the very end. However, there is something to be said for accepting the situation and ensuring you are as comfortable as possible rather than enduring painful and stressful treatments.

Effect on Family Members

Effect on Family Members

When you consider palliative care, you should also consider the needs and wishes of your family members. While most families of people receiving palliative care are glad that they accepted it, some families cannot deal with this stress. In this case, you may want to look for an out-of-home hospice care center instead of spending your last days at home.

Accepting the Situation

Make a Living Will

Experiencing the Benefits

You may also have significant benefits in your family relationships when you choose palliative care. With your family around you, you will be able to build closer relationships with family members you may not have been able to see while you were in the hospital.

Choosing Palliative Care

Dr. Alexander Everest believes that palliative care can help patients approaching the end stages of their lives. He encourages all interested patients to have a frank talk with their doctors and family members to make sure they know you are making the decision based on medical facts.



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

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Alexander Everest

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