Palliative care is a specialized medical care given to patients with serious illness. The care gives relief from symptoms and pains. The palliative care is to improve the quality of life for both the patients and their families. There will be a separate special team of workers like doctors, nurses and other specialists work together with patients and other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. The care is based on the needs of the patient; it is appropriate at any age and any stage of illness and can be provided with curable treatment. Palliative care is mainly meant to prevent and treat, as early as possible the symptom’s and side effects of the disease and their treatments and if any additional physiological, social and spiritual problems. Palliative care has synonyms like supportive care, symptom management and comfort care. The palliative care can be taken in hospitals, long-term care facility centers, outpatient clinics and at home under the supervision of a physician. Palliative care may also have some issues addressed let take an example of serious illness cancer. Let’s go throw what are the issues of palliative care in cancer.
The palliative care given to person to person will be different as their physical and emotional effects in cancer and its treatment may vary. Palliative care may be offer to people with illness such as Cancer, Dementia, Lung disease, Heart disease, HIV/AIDS, Kidney failure, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). While receiving palliative care people need not avoid their regular treatment for the illness. As a team of workers can provide care to the patients they are any health care provider, a team of doctors, social workers, registered dieticians, psychologists, physician assistant, massage therapists, nurses and nurse practitioners and chaplains. Difference between palliative care and hospice: Both palliative care and hospice provide comfort but palliative care starts at diagnosis and continues with the treatment, whereas hospice starts after the treatment is stopped and when it is clear that the person is not going to survive the illness. Palliative care can be given to patients whose life span is going to end in six months and or in a few years. Patients from palliative care cannot be cured but they get relief from the illness and during the care they undergo different medical treatments or procedures like surgery. The palliative care that one individual receive per day costs $95. This costs is applicable throughout the palliative care process from less or more than year. Medicare, Medicaid and Private insurance pay for palliative care process.