What are palliative care principles?

Palliative care is designed to support those who have been diagnosed with a serious, long-lasting disease or a life-limiting illness. The goal of palliative care is to ease pain and discomfort as much as possible while helping a person make the most out of the time they have left. 

Read on to learn more about palliative care in Chadwell Heath, Romford and the principles which underlie this kind of support. 

What is palliative care?

As we mentioned, palliative care is specialist care provided to those living with a life-limiting or serious illness such as dementia or cancer. While there is a focus on relieving painful physical symptoms, palliative care also centres around providing emotional, psychological and spiritual support so that you can have the best quality of life possible. It is often provided to complement other medical treatments and therapies you may be receiving. 

The principles of palliative care

  1. A caring attitude – Our holistic approach to palliative care involves providing empathic, compassionate and sensitive care to all people. Our non-judgemental approach ensures that we demonstrate a caring attitude towards a person regardless of their faith, ethnic origin, personality, gender, sexuality or intellect. 
  1. Respect and dignity – We treat those we care for with respect and dignity at all times. This means we respect your choices and decisions. Our support system helps individuals live as actively as possible until death. 
  1. Cultural considerations – We understand that cultural factors such as ethnicity, race and religion can have a significant effect on a person’s suffering. We treat cultural differences with respect, making sure treatments are planned in a way that honours your culture. 
  1. Consent and choice – Person-centred care means that you remain at the centre of all we do. Before any treatment is given or withdrawn, it is necessary to get your consent. Before a decision is made, we’ll discuss any treatments with you using easy-to-understand, non-medical jargon. 
  1. Coordinated care – To ensure you get the best, bespoke care plan possible, we’ll coordinate with other healthcare professionals involved in your care. This also helps us provide the maximum support for you and your family. 
  1. Consideration of individuality – No two people are alike. Palliative care is planned in consideration of the individuality and uniqueness of each person. This means we do not categorise patients based on their underlying disease or similarities to medical problems encountered before. Recognising these unique characteristics can greatly reduce suffering and is an essential part of planning palliative care. 

Support for you and your family

Palliative care is here to support you and your family during this difficult and emotional time. Our compassionate carers have received ‘death, dying and bereavement’ training to provide the most sensitive support possible. With over 40 years of experience providing palliative and end-of-life care, you can rest assured that your loved one is in safe and qualified hands. We’ll even coordinate with their wider team of healthcare professionals to create a personalised care plan that truly matches a person’s needs and wishes.

Get in touch 

If you or a loved one require palliative care, our kind and caring staff is here to support you and your family. Please feel free to get in touch or give us a call on either 0800 999 8499 or 0208 597 4175 with any of your questions or concerns. We are here for you.