Relieves suffering from the symptoms and stress
It helps you match the treatment options to your goals
Also, they ensure that all the doctors and nurses know what you want. This will help you to get more control over the care that will improve your quality of life.
Works together with your other doctors
Palliative care teams of specialists work together with you, your family, and your other doctors. They provide an extra layer of support when you need it most. Additionally, they help treat your symptoms and stress and support you and your family. The palliative care team communicates with your doctors to be on the same page. They help you at every step.
What can you expect from palliative care?
Palliative care is a practice to care that you may want to access at any stage of a severe illness. It helps you to manage the symptoms and address concerns that matter most to you. What you can consider from palliative care:
- What to expect from your care plan and how to tailor it to what matters most to you
- What resources and programs are used to support you throughout your illness?
- Your treatment options with their pros and cons
Making decisions in line with your values and goals
Your first meeting may take place while you’re in the hospital or an outpatient clinic. Research shows that early use of palliative care services can improve the quality of life for patients with serious illness, decrease depression and anxiety, increase patient and family satisfaction with care, and, in some cases, even extend survival.
How you prepare
Here is the information that helps you to get ready for your first consultation appointment of palliative care:
- Take the list of symptoms you are experiencing in your life. Especially note that the symptoms are worse or better and whether they affect your ability to go about your daily activities.
- Have the list of supplements and medications you use.
- Consider taking a family member or friend with you for the appointment.
- Have any advance directives and living wills you have completed.