As we age there are inevitably some topics of conversation which become uncomfortable and as a result are often avoided. Our goal at Davenhill Senior Living is to help you navigate through these difficult conversations to clear away the confusion and misunderstandings that sometimes arise. In this blog article we address the sensitive issue of palliative care and what you might expect.
An important first step is understanding what palliative care is. Often there is the misconception that palliative care is synonymous with end of life (hospice) care. But that’s simply not the case. Though both provide comfort, palliative care is designed for those facing a chronic condition or life-threatening illness and begins at the time of a diagnosis and treatment. On the other hand hospice care begins after treatments have stopped when it’s clear that there will be no recovery as a result of the treatments.
Though a large component of palliative care is about managing your pain and other symptoms, it’s also about social, emotional, spiritual and care giver support. We want to stress that palliative care is about improving quality of life for both you and those in your support group.
Should you ever require this type of care while you live at Davenhill Senior Living we would be pleased to assist you. Palliative care can easily be provided in a retirement home setting. It can and should be provided along with other medical treatments, so we will ensure that a palliative care team is formed. This team will help you understand your treatment options. Because you may not fully know how your illness or condition will affect you, the team will assist you in setting personal goals in relation to the treatment of your disease. They will also work with your family members or anyone in your support group that you wish. You will be encouraged to ask questions and will be given as much time as you need to express any uncertainties around your illness or your treatment options.
It can be a great relief to talk about your fears and anxieties openly with someone who specializes in the area of palliative care. If you would like to do this, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re here to help.