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What is Palliative Care?

There are many misconceptions of palliative care. Palliative care is a type of healthcare that addresses the needs of people who have a chronic disease or advanced or long-term illness when no curative treatment is appropriate or desired. Video from AARP about Palliative Care.

Through physician-directed palliative care, a patient can enjoy a greater quality of life, relieve unnecessary suffering, be more comfortable. and have the best of life at a time when they are dealing with a life-limiting situation. It involves controlling symptoms rather than curing a disease. Types of medical care commonly provided in palliative care: pain management, dialysis, breathing treatments, massage therapy, nutrition, and much more.

Palliative care also involves social support as well as spiritual support.

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