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Best Palliative Care Service in Vellore

Palliative care is specialized medical care that focuses on providing patients relief from pain and other symptoms of a serious illness, no matter the diagnosis or stage of disease. Palliative care teams aim to improve the quality of life for both patients and their families. This form of care is offered alongside curative or other treatments you may be receiving.

Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other specially trained people. They work with you, your family and your other doctors to provide an extra layer of support that complements your ongoing care.

Palliative care Service

“ Our palliative care team will talk with you about your symptoms, current treatments, and how this illness is affecting. Our palliative care team make a plan to prevent and ease suffering and improve your daily life. Our plan will be carried out in coordination with your primary care team in a way that works well with any other treatment receiving. ”

Why it's done

Palliative care may be offered to people of any age who have a serious or life-threatening illness. It can help adults and children living with illnesses such as:

  • Cancer
  • Blood and bone marrow disorders requiring stem cell transplant
  • Heart disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Dementia
  • End-stage liver disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Lung disease
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Stroke

Symptoms that may be improved by palliative care include:

  • Pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Depression or sadness
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Anorexia
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping

How you prepare

Here's some information to help you get ready for your first consultation appointment.

  • Bring a list of symptoms you're experiencing. Note specifically what makes the symptoms better or worse and whether they affect your ability to go about your daily activities.
  • Bring a list of medications and supplements you use.
  • Consider bringing a family member or friend with you to the appointment.
  • Bring any advance directives and living wills you've completed.

What you can expect

Palliative care is an approach to care that you may want to access at any stage of a serious illness. It helps you manage symptoms and address concerns that matter most to you. You may consider palliative care when you have questions about:

  • What to expect with your care plan and how to tailor it to what matters most to you
  • What programs and resources are available to support you throughout your illness
  • Your treatment options and their pros and cons
  • Making decisions in line with your personal values and goals

Your first meeting may take place while you're in the hospital or in an outpatient clinic. Research indicates that early use of palliative care services can improve the quality of life for patients with serious illness, decrease depression and anxiety, increase patient and family satisfaction with care, and, in some cases, even extend survival.

Understanding Hospice Care

Increasingly, people are choosing hospice care at the end of life. Hospice can be provided in any setting—home, nursing home, assisted living facility, or inpatient hospital.

At some point, it may not be possible to cure a serious illness, or a patient may choose not to undergo certain treatments. Hospice is designed for this situation. The patient beginning hospice care understands that his or her illness is not responding to medical attempts to cure it or to slow the disease's progress.

Like palliative care, hospice provides comprehensive comfort care as well as support for the family, but, in hospice, attempts to cure the person's illness are stopped. Hospice is provided for a person with a terminal illness whose doctor believes he or she has 6 months or less to live if the illness runs its natural course.

Hospice is an approach to care, so it is not tied to a specific place. It can be offered in two types of settings—at home or in a facility such as a nursing home, hospital, or even in a separate hospice center.

Hospice care brings together a team of people with special skills—among them nurses, doctors, social workers, spiritual advisors, and trained volunteers. Everyone works together with the person who is dying, the caregiver, and/or the family to provide the medical, emotional, and spiritual support needed.

A member of the hospice team visits regularly, and someone is always available by phone—24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hospice may be covered by Medicare and other insurance companies; check to see if insurance will cover your particular situation.