January 28, 2016

What I Should Know About Palliative and End of Life Care?

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness.  The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Who can benefit from Palliative Care?

Palliative care provides extra support that is appropriate at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided alongside curative treatment.  It can improve the patients’ ability to tolerate medical treatments and helps the patient to gain control over their care by improving understanding of the choices for treatment.

How does Palliative Care help the family Caregiver?

Palliative care helps the patient and family by alleviating pain and anxiety associated with serious illness.  There are several methods for addressing pain and anxiety such as drug therapy, counseling, visualization, cognitive methods, and relaxation therapy.  Palliative care is provided by a team assembled to meet the needs of the patient and family.  The team aims to provide support to the patient and their family through better understanding of the illness and treatment, open and supportive dialogue, and symptom relief.

How can Compass Care help?

Compass Care Assistants (“CCA”) receive extensive training through our Home Care Institute in best practices of caring for people with serious illness and in end of life care.   Our CCAs receive hospitality and communications training that is focused on the development of a nurturing and supportive caregiver relationship.  Our CCA caregivers receive specific instruction in the objectives of Palliative and Hospice care and are trained to work with a team to best support the patient and their family.