Palliative Care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is a medical subspecialty provided by doctors who offer medical care for people who are seriously ill.
Palliative Care relieves suffering and improves quality of life for people of any age, and at any stage in a serious illness, whether that illness is curable, chronic or life threatening.
Palliative Care is multi-disciplinary approach, provided by Palliative Care Specialists, Nurses, Social Workers, Counselors, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, home care and personal support workers, and volunteers are just some of the people who may be involved.
This team approach focuses on enhancing Quality of Life of the patients and their caregivers, promoting well-being and enables patient to live as well as they can with their life-limiting illness.
Palliative care can be provided to patients of any age & at any stage in a life-limiting illness. Palliative Care should be provided early in the course of illness trajectory to facilitate good symptom control and improve Quality of Life and makes the journey of illness experience positive.
Palliative care can be provided Anywhere, wherever patients are living – at Home, in a Residential Hospice, in Hospital or in a Personal Care Home. The best place to receive care is usually the place that best matches your needs.
Most of the people/patients choose to stay at home for as long as they can. Family members, with support from the Palliative Home Care team, may decide that they want to be the main caregivers in the home. Cities like Mumbai-Thane have supports in place and services to help patients and families provide care at home.