Palliative care is a specialized area of medicine that focuses on providing comfort and support to patients who are facing life-threatening illnesses. Palliative care teams work with patients and their families to develop a plan of care that meets the unique physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of each individual.

The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and their family by managing symptoms, supporting caregivers, and providing guidance through difficult decisions. Palliative care can be provided at any stage of an illness, and it is often used alongside other treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation. While palliative care cannot cure an illness, it can provide vital support during a difficult time.

WHO Definition of Palliative Care

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients (adults and children) and their families who are facing problems associated with life-threatening illnesses. It prevents and relieves suffering through the early identification, correct assessment, and treatment of pain and other problems, whether physical, psychosocial, or spiritual.

Addressing suffering involves taking care of issues beyond physical symptoms. Palliative care uses a team approach to support patients and their caregivers. This includes addressing practical needs and providing bereavement counseling. It offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death.

Palliative care is explicitly recognized under the human right to health. It should be provided through person-centered and integrated health services that pay special attention to the specific needs and preferences of individuals.

Resource: World Health Organization

Lecadia Palliative Care in Kuala Lumpur

In Malaysia, the Palliative Care Unit should ideally be headed by a trained Palliative Medicine Physician credentialed by the Ministry of Health. Here in Lecadia Nursing Home Kuala Lumpur, we provide palliative care services by offering support and resources for patients and families coping with a terminal illness.

The Centre offers a range of services, including inpatient and outpatient care, home care, daycare, and respite care. We also provide emotional and spiritual support for patients and their families. In addition, the Centre offers education and training programs for health care professionals. Lecadia Nursing Home Kuala Lumpur is committed to providing high-quality care for all patients, regardless of race, religion, or socioeconomic status.

Contact Lecadia Nursing Centre today to schedule a consultation.

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