Most people don’t know about palliative care.
Palliative care is a multidisciplinary philosophy of caring for patients. It’s focused on improving the quality of life and comfort for patients who are living with serious conditions.
Let’s use pregnancy as an example. While typical clinical teams involve a nurse and doctor, some expectant mothers may elect to use birthing doulas too. These team members act as patient advocates: supporting the mother through breathing exercises and making the experience as easy and painless as possible through holistic means.
Palliative care teams are similar to birthing doulas in the way that they care for patients in a comforting way as opposed to curative means.
According to research done by the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 71% of respondents did not know what palliative care was or what it did.
As a home care agency, you have first-hand knowledge about the senior care spectrum and the healthcare system at large that your clients may have no clue about.
To put this in perspective: in 2010, the New England Journal of Medicine did a study on lung cancer patients who used palliative care. Patients reported a higher quality of life and survived an average of 2+ months longer than their peers who did not get palliative care treatment.
Knowing the impact of palliative care, you can teach your caregivers about its principles. Have them share their knowledge with clients.