When a person is told that they need palliative care, it can be an emotional and shocking thing for them and their loved ones to hear. It’s quite natural to be afraid when hearing these words for the first time, but the process can be made more comfortable with the right information and support.
Palliative Care is provided to people with chronic conditions that cause discomfort and pain for an indefinite time. This type of care is a holistic alternative or a plus to the patient’s medical treatment, which means that palliative care helps relieve the symptoms while specialists deal with the disease.
These are the principles of Palliative Care Services:
- Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process.
- Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms.
- Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of care.
- It offers support to help patients live as actively as possible.
- Helps patient’s families cope with the patient’s illness and in their bereavement.
- Attitudes required for successful palliative care include a caring attitude, sensitivity, empathy, compassion, and demonstrating concern for patients.
Also, there’s a respect for all aspects of a patient’s suffering, not just medical, nursing, or social work problems. Proper communication between all the healthcare professionals involved in a patient’s care is essential and fundamental to many aspects of palliative care. Assertive communication with patients and families is also crucial.
If you think that you or someone you love needs Palliative Care in Los Angeles, read more about our services here or contact us at 805-4960044