What is A Palliative Nurse?

Palliative Care
Palliative Care

If you have a long term illness or condition you may wish to look into hiring a palliative nurse. These nurses work closely with groups such as Spectrum Health Care and their patients at helping patients to remain comfortable during their last days.

It is a service that is provided by highly trained doctors, nurses, other specialists and social workers in an effort to help offer another layer of support to patients as they go through end of life decisions and situations.

The Palliative care team will specialize in treating patients with such conditions as cancer, CHF or congestive heart failure, Kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and more. They will help the patient, and their family to work through such issues as pain, depression, fatigue, loss of appetite, sleeping issues, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, shortness of breath and other such issues that arise in a variety of illnesses.

They will also work closely with the rest of the family in helping them to find ways to cope with what is going on with their loved one. They can help the patient and the family to understand treatment options and choices and make the best possible decision that they can under the circumstances.

They offer support in every phase of the illness and create core teams of professionals that are designed to help ease the patient and their family through every phase of the illness.

In most cases, the doctor will work with the patient and their family to set up palliative care. Sometimes a social worker will step in and discuss palliative care with the family.

Knowing your options can make the transition of a serious illness so much easier to bear. By helping the patient and their family to understand their options palliative care goes above and beyond in easing the painful symptoms of many medical conditions.

When a patient finds out that they have a serious condition, it’s often terrifying, understanding what to anticipate and expect will go far in helping them to lead their life to the fullest without fear.

Helping the family to understand what to anticipate and expect during the serious illness can be all the difference in providing support to the patient during this time of life.

Palliative care services such as the ones that are offered by Spectrum Health Care allow patients and their families to remain in their homes as long as possible. They encourage patients to explore treatment options and choose what will work best for them during their time of need.

Choosing the right palliative care specialist will go far in helping everyone to cope and understand what is going on and make the best-informed decision.

There are a variety of tasks and assistance that a palliative nurse will offer to the patient and family. Patients and families will appreciate the extra level of care and the encouragement that they get from such services when they are in the end stages of many medical conditions and diseases.