Palliative care is specialized medical attention for those with life-threatening conditions like dementia. The intention is to enhance the quality of life for the patient.
A team of doctors, nurses, and social workers with additional training in palliative care collaborate with the patient’s other medical professionals to offer them additional support.
Palliative treatment is available to patients of any age and at any stage of their illness. This includes attending to practical needs and offering counseling for grieving. It provides a system of assistance to enable patients to remain as active as they can until they pass away.
Under the human right to health, palliative care is expressly acknowledged. It should be offered through person-centered and integrated health services that give special consideration to each person’s needs and preferences.
Furthermore, it can be provided alongside curative and disease-modifying therapies. Therefore, medications to ease discomfort can still be given to patients who pursue potentially life-extending care.
Hospice and palliative care are considered similar because they aim to improve the patient’s quality of life.