Be it working overtime to afford travel and vacation, taking on loans to put us through school and get us an education, or simply offering a shoulder to cry on and being our strongest support system throughout the years, our parents’ continuous efforts to improve our quality of life never goes unnoticed. The unfortunate truth is that there comes a time when they can no longer do these things, and it becomes our turn to step up to the plate and give back for the sacrifices that they made for us. As our loved ones grow older, they commonly face chronic (and often ultimately incurable) discomfort and pain. There are, nonetheless, ways to treat their physical, psychosocial, and spiritual states, and improve their general wellbeing. If it sounds like the ones you cherish require such treatment to ease their suffering, you may want to consider turning to palliative care.
What is palliative care?
Rather than curing the underlying illness, palliative care focuses on aiding with its uncomfortable, burdening effects. It is healing in that it allows patients to manage their symptoms, and resultantly better cope with daily life.
Hiring a Personalized Support Worker from a Senior Home Health Care company could be a good option. Personalized Support Workers (PSWs) are certified in responding to signs of pain from individuals who are unable to relay how they feel, apart from administering medication on a routine basis. The patients’ non-physical health is emphasized in palliative care as well, and addresses feelings of depression and anxiety, and more broadly mental unwellness. Through facilitating conversation about these topics, and socializing with patients in general, PSWs are able to provide them the calming interaction that they need to uplift their spirits.
Getting palliative care
Though generally provided to terminally ill patients, it is not uncommon to opt for palliative care in earlier stages of therapy. This multi-disciplinary nursing approach can be practiced from the comfort of the patient’s home, in hospices, and hospitals alike—so no matter the location, you or a suffering loved one can receive the necessary care. Please be advised an additional time that palliative care is not remedial, but proves highly effective in improving life quality. In particular cases, it is even more adamantly suggested than directly treating the disease.
If after reading the above you have established that you or a loved one would benefit from palliative care services, call 1-(888)-425-4850 for our professional consultation.