When someone has symptoms out of control or poorly managed, they may have been experiencing pain for weeks or months. The goal of palliative care is to get the pain management to an appropriate level. This allows the patient to have better quality time in which they can focus on what is really important to them vs. being wrapped up in a pain cycle.
There are many other benefits to the use of palliative care. If used appropriately,it can complement other therapies and can be done just about anywhere –hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, in homes and in-patient hospices. Finally, it can shorten stays in intensive care units and reduce the cost of lab work and other tests but it is also possible to extend someone’s life with the use of good palliative care
Nationwide, about sixty percent of hospitals have palliative care staff – usually these are hospitals in larger metropolitan areas. If you have received a diagnosis that includes chronic pain or a life-limiting disease, you may wish to seek out a specialist in this area. As always, speak to your primary care physician about palliative care but the internet is a wonderful tool for finding just about everything. Use it to become informed about what is available to you. Be of service to yourself or guide others in this arena to be of service to you by doing the research.