Our philosophy of care

 

Palliative care is the active total care of patients at a time when their illness is no longer responsive to curative treatment and when life expectancy is relatively limited.

Our philosophy of care is based on the following principles:

That palliative care

  • respects the patient’s wishes
  • is a team approach composed of both  external professionals and our trained volunteers
  • aims to provide relief for patients from pain and other distressing symptoms
  • recognises and responds to the support needs of the family and carers
  • offers a support system to help the patient live as actively and creatively as possible until death
  • integrates psychological, emotional and spiritual care for patients, their family and carers so that they may come to terms with death as fully and constructively as they can
  • helps the patient’s family cope during the patient’s illness and in bereavement
  • affirms life and regards death as a normal process; it seeks neither to hasten nor to postpone death
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