What is palliative and end of life care?

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What is End of Life Care?

End of life care is care which supports those with advanced, incurable illness to live as well as possible until they die. It includes support for a person’s family and those important to them. End of life care involves a palliative care approach.

When does End of Life Care begin?

End of life care may be needed for days, weeks, months or even years. It begins when a person needs it and will continue for as long as it is needed.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care supports people when their condition is deteriorating and active treatment is not controlling the disease. Here progressive deterioration and death is anticipated and the emphasis of care moves from active treatment of the disease to treatment to give comfort and control of symptoms such as pain. Palliative care is a “holistic” approach to care which means looking at the whole person rather than just one aspect of their care.

Who provides End of Life Care?

Many Health and Social Care Professionals can be involved in providing end of life care depending on a person’s needs, for example Hospital Nurses, Doctors, GPs, Community Nurses, Social Care Teams, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists.

There are also Specialist Palliative Care Teams who can provide additional support if required, and have specialised expertise and training. In Barnsley this includes SWYPFT Community Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Service, Barnsley NHS Foundation Trust Hospital Specialist Palliative Care Team and Barnsley Hospice.