Palliative care services aim to relieve pain, prevent suffering, and improve the quality of life of patients with terminal illnesses. Palliative care can be provided in a variety of settings.
Learn more about your options in order to make the right choice. Center for Hospice Care shares more information about palliative care services in Indiana.
Hospital-based palliative care
In a hospital, a group of specialists who may include general nurses and doctors provides palliative care. In some hospitals, the patient may have access to skilled palliative doctors or palliative care consultants. One benefit of allowing your loved one to spend their last days in a hospital is the access to round the clock care.
Most people insist on spending their last moments in environments they are familiar with and close to the ones they hold dear. Before you decide to have palliative care at home, it is important that you assess how much support family and friends will be able to provide. An expert health care provider or social worker can help you make the best decision regarding this matter.
A great number of people spend their last days in nursing homes. These facilities can offer the long-term care you need and help manage your end of life care needs. They can sometimes have a specialist doctor or nursing staff, or involve the community palliative care service in the area to offer specialist care.
Palliative care units
In a palliative care unit, health professionals, spiritual counselors, and volunteers care for patients. The care teams in these facilities focus on your well-being, and can help you and your family handle the difficult situation. They feel like home and 24/7 care is easily accessible.
It is important that you choose a palliative service provider that takes care of the patients’ needs and extends their care to the rest of the family. This will ensure that you enjoy the last moments with your loved one.