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Palliative Care

Palliative Care

People are choosing to receive End of life care in their home. You will have an experienced carer in End of Life Care who will provide personal care, medication administration, meal preparation and liaising with professionals.

You may come across the terms palliative care or end of life care and feel you don’t know much about them. People often find these terms confusing

Palliative care is treatment, care and support for people with a life-limiting illness, and their family and friends. It’s sometimes called ‘supportive care’.

The aim of palliative care is to help you to have a good quality of life – this includes being as well and active as possible in the time you have left. It can involve:

  • managing physical symptoms such as pain
  • emotional, spiritual and psychological support
  • social care, including help with things like washing, dressing or eating
  • support for your family and friends.

A life-limiting illness is an illness that can’t be cured and that you’re likely to die from. You might hear this type of illness called ‘life-threatening’ or ‘terminal’. People might also use the terms ‘progressive’ (gets worse over time) or ‘advanced’ (is at a serious stage) to describe these illnesses. Examples of life-limiting illnesses include advanced cancer, motor neuron disease (MND) and dementia.

You can receive palliative care at any stage in your illness. Having palliative care doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re likely to die soon – some people receive palliative care for years. You can also have palliative care alongside treatments, therapies and medicines aimed at controlling your illness, such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

However, palliative care does include caring for people who are nearing the end of life – this is sometimes called end of life care.

End of life care involves treatment, care and support for people who are nearing the end of their life. It’s an important part of palliative care.

It’s for people who are thought to be in the last year of life, but this timeframe can be difficult to predict. Some people might only receive end of life care in their last weeks or days.