Palliative care is currently considered to be a specialty that involves fully caring for the body, mind and spirit of a terminally ill patient, and providing support for their family regardless of the illness.
Palliative care begins when there is a diagnosis threatening the patient’s life, such as cancer, for example, and continues throughout the medical follow-up phase, to check whether the patient is getting the proper treatment or not. For palliative care to be effective, according to the World Health Organization, a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach must be implemented, that includes several specialists, involves the patient’s family and makes use of the resources available in the community, thus helping improve the quality of life of the patient, relieving pain and other associated symptoms.
What is it about?
– It alleviates pain and other symptoms that generate anxiety.
– It affirms life and regards death as a normal process.
– It does not attempt to hasten nor delay death.
– It involves the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care.
– It offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until their death.
– They provide a support system to help the family cope during the patient’s illness and in their own bereavement.
Did you know that palliative care is enshrined in law?
Law 1733, also know as the Consuelo Devis Saavedra Law, in reference to a woman who was in a coma for 14 years after a car accident, regulates this type of care with the purpose of ensuring that hospitals and clinics do not send terminally ill patients back to their homes with the argument that there is nothing left to do and make sure that they continue to provide them with palliative care, thus mitigating and easing their pain and suffering in the terminal phase of their disease.
If you are terminally ill, ask your doctor for advice so that he may explain what steps you must follow.