WHAT IS PALLIATION AND TERMINAL NURSING CARE?
Palliation is an expression often used in referance to critically ill patients. The word ‘’palliation’’ is the health-related word for painrelief to people, who are afflicted by a critical disease. When you get the message, that there are no more treatments left to offer, or that you have become incurably ill, you might ask yourself: what now? Even though there is no possibility of receiving treatment for your underlying disease, it is however possible to control and alleviate the symptons. This is what we call palliative treatment. The symptons we lessen, can be of psysichal character (such as nausea, exhaustion, pain), psychological character (such as anxiety, depression), social character (housing conditions, childcare, pension), or of spirituel/existential character (such as guilt or doubt).
Given that the field of palliative care has become so competent, it is conceivable being treated palliatively for numerous weeks, months, or even years.
Deficient availability at Hospice
Given the lack of avalibility at Hospice, many patients are turned down. Because of this, palliative care must be arranged domestically in two levels: First, a basic level where your own practising doctor, municipal homecare, and private nurse take part in the palliative care and treatment. Second, a specialized level, where hospice and palliative- departments and teams in particular participate in the palliative care and treatment. Here, as a private offer, we can supplement with help the public services cannot propose. For instance a nurse being with you at night to prevent any potential pains, troubles, help with personal hygiene, and the comfort in knowing that you won’t be alone. Most people get sufficient help from the basic level, but others will experience problems so complex, that they need a more specialized effort due to the effects of physical and mental challenges.
When you become terminal
When you have become so critically ill, that it is no longer relevant getting life-prolonging treatment, you have become a terminal patient. It can be difficult to understand when you are terminally ill, if you are still receiving palliative care. When you, as a patient, have a limited amount of time left and you are in the terminal fase, your doctor can issue a terminal-decleration for you. This admits you to a number of services, such as medicine free of charge and for relatives, the possibility of a leave of absence for terminal care of family member. Your private nurse can help provide you with these declarations. Thoughts that take up space in this time of your life, can perhaps be reflecting about where you want to cease living. Many wish to depart in their own home, and others find comfort in departing in a nursing home, hospital or at hospice. With the ones closest to you and/or the personnel, you can consider what your opportunities are, and what you prefer yourself.
Palliation – focusing on the quality of life
Focusing on the palliative effort early on in the course of illness is important. It releases strength, and hereby gives you space to focus on what is truly of significance to you and your loved ones. In a difficult current life situation, we have experienced, that many patients are able to, despite the situation, get most out of the time they have left – whether that is by themselves or with the ones closest to them. More often than not, it is about being attentive to your needs. It can be crucial, because as a patient you often find yourself being short of strength or energy. This is when your private nurse can help you get a handle of your final wishes, expressing and preparing letters, and extending your thoughts. Yournurse can also be there for your loved ones. The purpose of palliative/terminal care is to be there in your last days – for you, as a patient, but also for your closest ones.
Palliative and terminal care in one’s home
PrivateNurse manages palliative and terminal care domestically and in close cooperation with your caregivers who are already involved in the course of events. We can also undertake already existing programs, or seek out other relevant health officials, who can take care of you. We can help guide you in relation to getting various declerations, contact with insurancecompanies, undertaker, priest etc.
We have close cooperation with competent physical therapists, psychologists, pain doctors, and we will suceed in finding the resource personnel you need. With PrivateNurse, you will be having your own private nurse around you, where and when you need her.
PrivateNurse also works together with Dansk Sundhedsforsikring in regard to terminal care, which is why they cover shares of the expenses in accordance with your use of our specialized palliative care nurses at PrivateNurse.
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