Palliative Care Program
Our aim is to enable an easy flexible and proactive package of care for Palliative Care Patients, by performing an accurate assessment of the patient health needs.
What is Palliative Care?
The World Health Organization (WHO) describes palliative care as services designed to prevent and relieve suffering for patients and families facing life-threatening illness, through early management of pain and other physical, psychosocial, and spiritual problems.
Palliative Care is an approach that improves the quality of life for patients and their families facing problems associated with life threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, emotional and spiritual as appropriate (WHO, 2002)
Palliative care can:
- Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms Pain management (pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches)
- Administering medication (orally, through injection or IV)
- Management of chemotherapy side effects (fatigue, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)
- Psychosocial emotional support (dealing with anxiety and depression)
- Constipation / bowel management
- Stoma management
- Respiratory tract secretions management
- Oxygen therapy
- End of life support and management
Patients who might benefit from this include:
- A patient who has been diagnosed with having a terminal illness for whom curative treatment is no longer an option (cancer patients, heart failure, COPD…)