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What are the basics of palliative care?

On Behalf of | May 31, 2023 | Elder Law, Nursing Home Planning

Sadly, there are many people living in Maryland who suffer from serious long-term illness. It is important that such individuals be given high-quality healthcare that matches their condition and can improve their quality of life. This is known in the healthcare industry as palliative care.

Palliative care

Palliative care specifically refers to long-term health care strategies that apply to patients with a serious, long-term illness for which there is not much hope for finding a permanent cure. Such a condition may be ultimately terminal. This can include illnesses like cancer, chronic heart failure, Alzheimer’s disease, kidney failure and more. In many cases, palliative care focuses on easing a patient’s pain and providing relief from the symptoms of the illness.

The four kinds of palliative care

Palliative care can be subdivided into four broad categories by where it is administered. These include:

  • hospital care
  • hospice care
  • home care
  • nursing home care

Hospital treatment is typically short term in nature while care performed in a home, nursing home or hospice can involve longer treatment plans.

In the case of hospice care, the illness has already been proven to be immanently terminal, and care focuses on end-of-life care. Care in a hospice will center around easing a patient’s suffering.

The prognosis for patients in a nursing home or in their own home may or may not be more positive. End-of-life care is often provided at home as well. Still, many patients may be able to live for a long time with such dire ailments.

Overall, the goal of palliative treatment is to provide comfort and to lessen pain caused by symptoms of serious health conditions that are ultimately incurable. It is important to ensure that such treatment is provided with the highest level of care and compassion possible.