Patient, Family and Community Journeys
Palliative Care - What's it about?
...it's about Quality of Life
Palliative care is provided for someone who is really sick and not going to get better. The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life of patients - to provide comfort, and to help them be as comfortable and active as possible. It can help with relief from pain, suffering, and other symptoms that may be affecting the person. Palliative care is not just about helping with physical concerns - it can also assist with social, emotional, cultural, and spiritual concerns. Supportive care for a person who is getting ready to finish-up is about health professionals working together to do what the person wants. Palliative care services can help patients to remain in their community if that is what they wish. They can help family, carers, and community members learn how to care for someone who is finishing up.
The following sections can help you find out more about journeys in palliative care for patients, family and communities.