When should someone be offered palliative care?

Palliative care must be given to everyone who has a life-limiting illness or a chronic condition, and they require intensive treatment. This treatment either ease their pain and then manage the condition or cure the condition wholly. This kind of care may start at any point in a person’s disease diagnosis and sometimes result at the end of life or hospice care.

Although a few people might choose to get the end of life care in their house instead of going into a hospice and palliative care center, care at home may mostly be supported by the skills and expertise of a provided hospice.

When should someone get palliative care?

There are many things to consider when the decision is about palliative care and if it is the right kind of support for someone. At the start, there might be a discussion in your healthcare team regarding the overall care you might require to help you manage your condition and live your life the way you wish to. Other points that can be brought to consideration are as follows:

What kind of condition do you have, and what treatment is available?

Although you might not be given any specific prognosis for the duration that you will have your condition for and if you will eventually pass away from it. You must find out the type of symptoms you will be expecting to have and the available treatment options to make informed and perfect decisions that are right for you.

Once you have chosen how you would like to proceed ahead, and if your overall condition isn’t immediately threatening to your life, palliative care may then be put into place to assist you in managing the much-needed treatment and daily activities. 

Your expectations:

You might decide on the whole course of treatment but find out the side effects are way too difficult to manage, and hence you prefer to stop the treatment altogether. Or you might decide to start this treatment after managing your illness without any medication.

Whatever you choose to do or change your decision, your care must be well led by you. Palliative care also supports the plans around an individual and their preferences so that you are only receiving person-centered support that is flexible to all of your needs. 

You don’t always need to go to hospice if you need palliative only:

If your illness progresses, you might need to go to a hospice or get hospice care at home, but getting palliative care won’t always mean that you need to get yourself into hospice. If you have some chronic condition that may be treated, you might require palliative care to support your pain management and symptoms, but you might recover and not have to move into hospice care. 

Palliative care doesn’t mean you are going to die soon:

You can get palliative care at any point of your illness. a few people get care as soon as they get diagnosed or get their testament started, while others might only start this care in the later stages of this condition.

A few people go into palliative care for many years if they have a prolonged health condition, while others may not die while getting palliative care at all.

Taking palliative care is all dependant on the type of your condition and the treatment you choose for it.

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