Apprehension Of Dying : Palliative Care And The Steps

915 WordsMar 1, 20154 Pages
Apprehension of Dying: Palliative Care and the Steps You Need to Take Palliative care is a relatively new approach to medicine and involves identifying and reliving suffering of patients who are either terminally ill, or experiencing a debilitating chronic or life-threatening illness (Arnold, 2004, p. 6). Having a valid will and living will is especially important for those under Palliative Care because it helps make your wishes known so you don’t have to put your family members in a position of deciding your medical fate or with the difficulty of handling your estate if you die (Cheeseman 877). Professionals and doctors can help advise you about end of life options, if the need arises, and Palliative Care specialists will help guide you and your family with procedures to help alleviate pain or suffering along with spiritual guidance and support for families through the bereavement period if the patient dies. Palliative care does not mean the patient or doctors have given up hope of a recovery unlike hospice care which means they are no longer receiving curative treatment for their underlying disease. Some patients recover and move out of palliative care. Others with chronic diseases, such as Crohn 's disease, may move in and out of palliative care when it is needed. If a cure of a life-threatening disease cannot be facilitated, palliative care can improve the quality of patients ' lives, and when death draws near, palliative care can transition into hospice care.
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