Comfort Care is an approach to patient care that improves the quality of life of the patient and their families facing life-threatening illness. The prevention and relief of pain and suffering is the main goal.
What is palliative care (comfort care)?
Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Palliative care is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment. Source definition - www.GetPalliativeCare.org
What is the difference between palliative care and hospice care?
Palliative care can begin at any point along the cancer care continuum, whereas hospice care begins when curative treatment is no longer the goal of care and the sole focus is quality of life. More information is available in the National Cancer Institute (NCI) fact sheet Hospice Care. Palliative care can help patients and their loved ones make the transition from treatment meant to cure or control the disease to hospice care by:
- preparing them for physical changes that may occur near the end of life
- helping them cope with the different thoughts and emotional issues that arise
- providing support for family members (Source: www.GetPalliativeCare.org )
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