“Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.” World Health Organization Definition of Palliative Care.
Palliative care is appropriate even in the early stages of an illness when someone is having active treatment. It is about supporting people to live well while they manage their illness. Palliative care is not just about cancer. Palliative care can support people living with end stage heart, lung, renal and liver disease, advanced dementia and Motor Neurone Disease, for example many health professionals help with palliative care. Palliative care can be provided at home, in residential aged care facilities and in hospitals. Across Gippsland, the local Health Services provide inpatient and/or community-based palliative care services. The Palliative Care team includes visiting Palliative Care Specialists, your local GP, highly skilled nurses, allied health professionals, and specially trained volunteers are available if you and your family wish to involve them in your care.