What is palliative care?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes palliative care as “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness”.
PalAssist is dedicated to supporting people fulfil their palliative care needs – whatever is most important to them at this time. For most people this means spending quality time in their own home with loved ones, or in a facility that provides palliative care.
Palliative care involves:
Achieving the best quality of life for as long as possible
- Relief from suffering, through early identification of symptoms
- Support with physical, practical, emotional and spiritual needs
- Support with decisions about treatment and ongoing care
Accurate and up-to-date information
- What is encompassed by palliative care
- When and where palliative care is provided, and by whom
- Symptoms that may occur in advanced illness, and how to manage them
- Planning for end of life, including legal and financial issues
- Complementary and alternative therapies
- Advance Care Planning
- Condition-specific information, e.g. cancer, cardiac, neurological
- After death care
Psychological, emotional and practical support
- Referrals to appropriate local services including accommodation, transport and medical aids
- Addressing carer concerns and difficulties
- Tackling communication issues and difficult conversations
- Grief support and referral, including anticipatory grief and caring for a grieving person
- Advice and support about rights, choices and options for care
PalAssist provides palliative care support & advice 24/7.