Q. What is palliative medicine?
A. Palliative medicine is a type of medical which is subspecialty provided by doctors in various fields of medicine who offer palliative care for seriously ill people. Palliative care in general is medicine that relieves suffering and improves quality of life for people of various ages and in fact at all stages of serious illnesses (no matter if the illness is chronic, curable, or life-threatening).
Q. What is the difference between palliative and hospice care?
A. Hospice is considered to be a specific type of palliative care for people who are likely to have only six months or even less to live. According to experts is palliative care in Montreal this is a whole-person care which aims to relieve symptoms of any disorder or disease, whether or not it can eventually be cured. In other words, from the definitions you can see that hospice care is always palliative, but not all palliative care is hospice.
Q. Who provides palliative care?
A. Palliative care is usually provided by a professional interdisciplinary team which as a rule includes at least one doctor who specializes in palliative medicine, also a nurse (or a couple of them), a pharmacist; there also might be a social worker and a dietitian present, and usually some volunteers or interns.
Q. What is the difference between a regular doctor and a palliative doctor?
A. A family physician concentrates and focuses on the general health of a patient or treating a particular disease or condition. Palliative doctors in general concentrate on preventing and alleviating their patients’ suffering, and improving their overall quality of life. Some palliative doctors work with the whole family of a patient to help all of them cope with the stress and burden of their patient’s illness.
Q. If I agree to palliative care, does that mean I “give up?”
A. This is the most frequent delusion that people have about palliative care today. This is absolutely not true. The main idea of palliative care is to make you feel more comfortable and help achieve the best possible results with coping you’re your illness and also to provide you with better quality of life. Modern medicine allow you to have palliative care at the same time as you are undergoing various treatments that may either cure or even reverse the effects of the illness. In the matter of fact, palliative care can usually help you cope with aggressive treatments (that sometimes are needed in the curing programs of some serious illnesses) by getting the pain and symptoms under strict control in order to help you fight the disease.
Q. How can one find palliative care?
A. Today palliative care is provided in various places: from regular hospitals, special nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to even “ordering” it to the patient’s home. The latter options is usually chosen by families who seek for Montreal elderly care centres for their parents. If you need to find a palliative doctor the simplest way to do so is ask your personal doctor for any references or you can also inquire such information in your local hospital.