Palliative Care Guide

by | Aug 19, 2020 | Care Guide

What is Palliative Care ?

Palliative care is a speciality area of nursing. Palliative care takes place in many different settings, but most people who have a choice prefer to die at home. Palliative care is provided within the philosophy that dying is a natural process and that dying people should be empowered to live life as fully as possible within the growing limits of their illness.Our teams aims to help meet physical, psychological and spiritual needs that arise during the client’s journey towards the end of life and to support the client’s family as they participate in the experience. Nursing the dying can be extremely rewarding. When palliative care is administered successfully the nurse shares in a privileged journey with the dying patient and the family up to and beyond the time when the client, free from pain and anguish, reaches the end of life peacefully and with dignity.

The Philosophy of Palliative Care

​Palliative care is about caring for people who have an illness that is not responsive to curative treatment.

The focus is not to cure but to ‘palliate’

To control pain

Support clients and families to ease the physical, emotional, and spiritual distress.

Involves grief and bereavement support for the family that extends throughout and beyond the duration of the illness​

Who can receive palliative care?

​Anyone who has an illness that is not responsive to curative measures can receive palliative care, regardless of age, gender, class, culture, race, and religion or belief system. Most people receiving palliative care have cancer, but some have progressive chronic neurological problems such as motor neuron disease or multiple sclerosis.


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I know exactly how you’re feeling.

I am sorry that you are going through this painful process.

I can imagine how you are feeling. 

It must be hard to accept that this has happened.

I understand how you are 

It’s ok to grieve and be really angry with god and anyone else.

I’m always here for you, call me if you need anything.

I can bring dinner over either Tuesday or Friday. Which will be better for you?

You should be over it by now. It’s time you move on.

Grieving takes time. Don’t feel pushed to hurry through it.

You had so many years together . You are so lucky.

I did not know______?, will you tell me about him? what was your relationship like?

At least you have your children.

Is not your fault. You did everything you could do.

You’re young, you’ll meet someone else.

What’s the scariest part about facing the future alone without___?

At least her suffering is over. She is in better place now.

You will never forget_____will you?

He lived a long and full life.

Is not easy for you, is it? What about your relationship will you miss the most?

How old was he?

He meant a lot to you.