The goal of palliative care is to provide comfort. It also helps to maintain the highest possible quality of life. The term ‘quality of life’ is used a lot. It will mean different things to different people.
Quality of life often includes:
- being comfortable and pain free
- being able to socialise or spend time with loved ones
- having as much independence as possible
- not feeling you are a burden
- feeling emotionally well.
You and your carer need to be included in decisions about treatment and care. These can affect quality of life. Sometimes for example, the side effects of a treatment can make you very unwell. You may feel that having these treatments is worse than not having the treatment at all. It may be more important for you to focus on your quality of life.
Sometimes when caring for someone with an illness or disability, you may think that their quality of life is low. You may not see the many small pleasures that make life easier.