While there are many diseases and physical conditions that can be healed and cured or at least successfully treated, others simply cannot be and a person is left to suffer. The good news is that multidisciplinary medical care can be applied in these situations to improve quality of life. This is known as palliative care.
When Palliative Care is Needed
If a person is suffering from an illness that cannot be cured or treated to recovery, that person is going to suffer. With all of the advances in medicine, this should not be the case. While a certain amount of pain and discomfort may be par for the course, much of it does not have to be intensely experienced at all. Various medications and therapies can help to improve quality of life.
Especially in the case of terminal illness, a person with a disease needs to be comforted in any way possible. This not only improves life quality, it may also extend life due to the lessened suffering. Additionally, it will allow for better time with loved ones.
Is Palliative Care Necessary?
Palliative care can become a necessity if a person is needlessly suffering from intense pain and other effects from the condition. When someone simply cannot handle the pain and discomfort, it is best and most merciful to use palliative care. Just think if you were in such a situation. You would want to be made as comfortable as possible, right?
How Does Palliative Care Work?
It is called a multidisciplinary approach because it takes a team of physicians to make the care happen and for it to work properly. Depending on the illness or condition, different modalities may be used and mostly include pharmaceutical approaches. For example, with extreme pain, a pain management physician will prescribe the proper pain control medication to provide comfort.
Medications to improve mood, relieve stress and to relieve worry may also be prescribed. These are not the only medications used. Again, different conditions call for different protocols and the right team of healthcare professionals is needed for the task.
Is Palliative Care Covered by Insurance?
You would think that such care would be scoffed at by insurance companies but it is not. Fortunately, palliative care is started after it is deemed medically necessary and it would be a fault for most insurance companies to deny such care. With significant advances to improve patient quality of life, many practical medical strategies have been developed and can be covered by insurance.
Can Palliative Care Be Done from Home?
Often, medical care for the improvement of life quality is done from a hospital or other medical setting. At the same time, it can be done at home and the medications can be carried out with the patient. Sometimes this may require a caregiver and other times not, depending on the level of disability at hand.
In fact, many people feel much better if they are cared for at home when they have a terminal or life-long disabling illness.