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Palliative Care: Opening Doors to a Better Quality of Life
By
Emoha Elder Care

Palliative care is an approach that aims at improving the quality of life of patients with life-threatening illnesses through the prevention of suffering including physical, psychological and spiritual suffering in older patients. It’s for patients with chronic diseases not responsive to curative treatment. 

Palliative care focuses on preventing and relieving suffering and on supporting the best possible quality of life for patients facing serious illness. Palliative treatment is provided at the same time as curative or life-prolonging treatments ensuring relieving suffering in all stages of the disease.

Palliative care focuses on preventing and relieving suffering and on supporting the best possible quality of life for patients facing serious illness. Palliative treatment is provided at the same time as curative or life-prolonging treatments ensuring relieving suffering in all stages of the disease.

Research studies have shown inadequacies at the end of life care of older patients, in forms of not receiving basic palliative nursing care or assistance, lack of focus on meeting psychological needs, inadequate pain control, unreliable hospice care due to inadequate staff training, poor symptom control, comorbidity, poor management of drug reactions and lack of psychological and emotional support.  Hence, the necessity of palliative nursing care and palliative treatment, tailored to the needs of the elderly.

Palliative treatment aims at the management of symptoms like pain, shortness of breath, nausea, loss of appetite, insomnia, depression, constipation and side effects of a disease and its treatment.  By relieving symptoms, palliative nursing care often improves the ability to tolerate medical treatments and the ability to recover, allowing them to have more control and a better understanding of treatment choices. 

It helps improve the coordination of care with health care providers, the patient, and the family. It also meets the emotional and provides for the spiritual needs of the patient. Palliative nursing care is helpful for chronically ill and frail elderly with long-standing illnesses.

Needs of a palliative care patient also includes continuity of care that responds to episodic and chronic illnesses, transitioning between levels of care, management of multiple chronic illnesses, assistance in understanding a complex medical system, decision making regarding care and treatment decisions, maintaining functional independence, pain management, and symptom control.

At Emoha Elder Care, palliative nursing care serves to improve the quality of life of patients with incurable diseases by advocating a holistic, problem-orientated approach, including symptom management. Emoha Care Angels (CAs) are nurses skilled to provide superior palliative care nursing to help ease the course of disease for the patient and their family. 

Emoha Smart Home Membership Plan is tailored for elders requiring a higher degree of personal care. The palliative care nursing team consists of many professionals like nurses and physiotherapists that are focussed on ensuring high-quality care with any incurable disease, whatever the diagnosis may be. 

To know more, call on our helpline number 1800-123-445555.