Palliative Care Week 2015 takes place across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland from 25-31 October
This week aims to increase public understanding of palliative care is and being coordinated by All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC).
The theme of this year’s campaign is: Quality Care - where it's needed, when it's needed.
A Palliative Care approach...
- Can be provided in many different settings – at home, in a nursing home, in hospital, or in a hospice – depending on each person’s needs and preferences
- Aims to achieve the best possible quality of life for people with serious illness
- Is beneficial for anyone with a non-curable illness, regardless of age or condition
- May be suitable for a number of years, not just the weeks and days at the end of life
- Supports family, friends and carers both during an illness and afterwards.
Quality Care - where it's needed, when it's needed
Palliative care is an approach that looks at much more than medical need. It is about achieving the best possible quality of life for people with serious illness by caring for all aspects of the person – emotional, physical and spiritual. Palliative care also supports family, friends and carers during an illness and afterwards.
This booklet has been developed by AIIHPC's Palliative Care Senior Nurses Network as an aid for people seeking information from their health care professional following diagnosis of a life-limiting condition. The purpose of this booklet is to help people ask the questions they need to gain the information they need about their own illness or their loved ones illness and what role palliative care can provide.
A palliative care approach can be provided in many different settings – at home, in a nursing home, in hospital, or in a hospice - depending on each person’s needs, preferences and decisions.
It may mean being able to spend most of the time at home, but being able to access a hospice when symptoms become too difficult to manage, or going to a hospital for specialist care when needed.
To find out more about the services available to you and the different places you can receive palliative care go to: The Palliative Hub - Adult
A palliative care approach can be appropriate from the time of diagnosis of a life-limiting illness. It can be delivered at the same time as other care designed to extend life, such as chemotherapy, in the case of a cancer diagnosis.
A palliative care approach may also mean different things like making decisions about the future, for example choosing nursing home care for when a condition progresses.
You can find out more about palliative care by visiting The Palliative Hub - Adult
A palliative care approach can be adopted in the care of anyone who has a life-threatening or life-limiting illness. In particular, people who are likely to benefit are those experiencing:
- Physical symptoms
- Difficulties managing their usual daily tasks
- Strain in their relationships with others
- Or psychological or spiritual distress.
Palliative care can help advise you on how to cope with a variety of conditions and symptoms. The below video was created by AIIHPC's Palliative Care Senior Nurse Network and advises people on how to cope with constipation. A condition that can affect many people with palliative care needs.
A palliative care approach supports the whole family. This help might take the form of respite or short break to enable family members who are care givers a chance to rest or it can mean offering information and support to understand and manage issues related to the condition or illness.
A palliative care approach also continues to support the family after a loved has died by offering formal and informal bereavement supports and services.
This series of videos features six separate interviews which offer a carer’s perspective on palliative care and highlights their experience of palliative care across the island of Ireland