A Palliative Approach to Care
What is a Palliative Approach to Care?
A palliative approach to care aims to:
- relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying
- address the physical, psychological, social, spiritual (existential) and practical issues of persons and their
families, and their associated expectations, needs, hopes and fears
- prepare persons and their families for self-determined life closure and the dying process and help them manage it.
- help families cope with loss and grief during the illness and bereavement experience.
- treat all active issues, prevent new issues from occurring and promote opportunities for meaningful and valuable
experiences, personal and spiritual growth, and self-actualization
Shift your thinking to a palliative approach:
- Shift your care to a palliative approach (iPANEL) video (4m 30s)
- Adopt principles early in the course of a person’s life-limiting condition
- Adapt strategies to meet patient and family needs
- Embed practices into usual care in settings, not specialized in palliative care