Providing emotional/psychological, social and physical support for residents who no longer require medical treatment but for who it is important to remain pain free and comfortable.
Palliative Care offers specialist support for those Residents who are at the latter stages of their diagnosis or have been diagnosed with a terminal condition. For Residents with active, progressive, far-advanced disease, the goals of palliative care are:
End of Life Care includes medical therapies or procedures that are employed to palliate symptoms and ease suffering but are only a small part of the spectrum of care known as palliative care.
Many patients needing palliative care are elderly but they need palliative care because of the underlying disease from which they are suffering, not because of their age, nevertheless, many of the principles of palliative care are appropriate to the management of elderly /geriatric medicines.
The provision of high quality care during the final stages of life is an important part of care. Palliative care should be initiated when the patient becomes symptomatic of their active, progressive, far-advanced disease and should never be withheld until such time as all treatment alternatives for the underlying disease have been exhausted. Palliative care may be appropriate long before the terminal phase.