Any patient in the hospital who has a serious illness with an unpredictable prognosis such as advanced dementia, lung, heart, kidney disease or cancer can benefit from the many aspects of palliative care.
Palliative Care is best introduced early in the course of treatment, but it can help patients at all stages of an illness.
Palliative care is appropriate whenever there is an underlying serious or life-threatening illness and:
- There is a distressing physical symptom, such as pain, nausea or loss of appetite
- There is a difficult decision to be made concerning the most appropriate level of life-sustaining care
- Assistance is required by patients and/or families in coordinating end-of-life care services
If you are in need of this service, please consult your doctor.