What is palliative care?
Palliative care is specialised care and support provided for someone living with a terminal condition. Palliative care also involves care and support for family members and carers.
Palliative care is provided in a sensitive way, taking into account individual and family uniqueness, cultural and spiritual beliefs and lifestyle patterns.
- affirms life and regards dying as a normal process
- neither hastens nor postpones death
- provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
- integrates the psychological, emotional and spiritual aspect of patient care
- offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death
- offers a support system to help family and friends cope during the patient’s illness and their bereavement.