How Palliative Care Can Help You to End Your Life with Dignity
Even though death is an inevitable part of life, still the very thought of dying is petrifying. The thought of leaving behind this beautiful world and its amazing and caring people is all the more frightening. Spending the last days of life in loneliness and pain is something that is unbearable. So, this is when palliative care comes to the rescue.
You might have come across the term palliative care, but you might still feel that you don’t know much about it. Well, palliative care is often used interchangeably with the term end of life care. Now, you might find these terms to be confusing. So, here is the write-up to help you understand the term better and know how it helps to end life in a better way.
How it helps
Palliative care is basically meant for patients who are surviving terminal or perennial illnesses. Such diseases might no longer be curable or treatable. Palliative care can also be used for people enduring complex diseases that require their symptoms to be controlled carefully. People in such a state of physical and mental trauma are often made to feel that life will no longer get better for them. Such people often suffer from the misperception that life has already come to a halt and things are not going to change for the better, but this is not always the case.
How it helps in ending life in a positive way
Palliative care addresses this sensitive issue. To a large extent, it aims to manage, address, or treat pain as well as other physical problems. The reason that such specialized care helps to end life with dignity is because this care helps patients with spiritual, social, and psychological needs—the three factors that have a major role to play when patients are already nearing the end of their life. In other words, palliative care is simply meant to care for people who are not going to live long. Hence, it is rightly called end of life care too.
Palliative care lets you end your life in a better way by helping not only you, but also those who are emotionally involved with you. It helps them to cope with the sudden upcoming loss and the grief and trauma of losing you. Palliative care is often given alongside other specialized treatments such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
End of life care
As palliative care is aptly connoted as end of life care, the latter is especially considered for those who are in the last year or last segment of their life. However, the exact timeframe of their survival cannot be predicted. Such care not only helps patients to end their life with dignity, but also facilitates a better way of living. It also refers to the utmost care provided during such a sensitive time and often includes extended support in legal matters as well.
The reason that you will not feel the sharp pain of leaving your loved ones and this world is because palliative care makes you feel as comfortable as possible by ameliorating your symptoms and managing your pain. This is a holistic approach in the sense that it deals with you as a complete person.
Palliative care is provided at hospitals, hospices, care homes, the patient’s home, etc. by social and healthcare professionals.
Since 2001, Dr. Alexander G. Salerno has led Salerno Medical Associates in East Orange, New Jersey. Dr. Alexander Salerno focuses largely on urban communities and on delivering patient education about both medical and behavioral health issues.