The Three C's of Palliative Care
Palliative care enables medical professionals to assist in the treatment of symptoms such as pain, nausea, constipation, shortness of breath, and much more. These symptoms are often beyond the physical or professional capabilities of family and friends to provide. With palliative care, trained professionals can provide the peace of mind that patients are being cared for as best as possible.
For our team, communication is an open discussion about the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment options, and informed decision making that goes along with the patient's specific case. Proper communication throughout the channels itself can be a significant relief to patients and their families. Simply having someone to coordinate can remove at least one challenging step for families.
Coordination is ensuring that the patient, family, caregivers, and professionals understand the patient's goals and objectives. Based on these objectives, care is able to be provided to orient toward these goals. By coordinating these conversations, palliative care can allow patients and their families to focus on what truly matters most to them, not trying to coordinate details.