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Palliative Care (宁养服务)

Palliative care is available to acutely ill patients, may be provided along with disease-specific, life-prolonging treatment. Meticulous attention to be prevention and relief of pain and other burdensome symptoms is a basic part of quality palliative care. Yet, comprehensive palliative care includes much more. Psychosocial and spiritual care, counseling, and guidance in choosing among treatment options, and assisting with practical support for patients and caregivers are all equally fundamental components of comprehensive palliative care. It is critical to stress that palliative care should be provided from the time of diagnosis of a serious, debilitating, or life-limiting illness. Palliative care should be an integral part of healthcare aimed to achieve best possible outcomes including optimal quality of life, function, and opportunities for personal growth across the life span. Palliative care can and should be provided along with any disease-modifying treatments. And, yes, for some people with advanced illness, palliative care may be the main focus of care.

寧養服務適用於任何人——無論什麼年齡, 種族, 文化, 背景或宗教, 而且大多數服務是免費的。您可以在病情的任何階段使用寧養服務,這並不僅僅是為生命即將到達終點的人而設。使用寧養服務並不意味著生命沒有希望,您已經“放棄”或您的家庭不在乎您。您可以在接受寧養服務的同時繼續治療。

Palliative care enhances the care of patient and families in many ways. Key aspects include:

  • Expert management of pain and other symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, anxiety, and depression can greatly enhance quality of life for patients and their caregivers.
    • (With better symptom management, function often improves and there is growing evidence that palliative care improves quality of life and may lead to longer survival.)
  • Advance care planning, discussions of treatment goals that align with patient’s values and preferences, intensive communication with the patient and family, and assistance with coordination of care.
    • (Palliative care can help by assisting in coordination of care across settings such as home, hospital, or nursing facility.
    • (Palliative care clinicians work with patients, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals to assist patients and caregivers in understanding their medical condition and treatment options
    • (Palliative care looks at the whole patient with consideration for their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.
  • Palliative care teams vary by setting, but are typically interdiscplinary and other include a physician, a nurse, a social worker, and a chaplain.

• 藥物和其他療法以緩解疼痛和管理症狀
• 為您的家屬提供支援
• 為盡可能在家中舒適地生活提供幫助和設備
• 幫助滿足您的精神、宗教或文化需求
• 醫務人員和其他護理服務機構人員的定期探訪, 可能包括: 醫生和護士, 社工, 宗教或心灵导师


All hospice care is palliative care, but not all palliative care is hospice care. Both share the same goal of providing family-centered, whole-person care that relieves suffering, enhances quality of life, and is individualized to each patient’s values, beliefs, and culture. Although palliative care may and should be offered to patients based on needs, independent of prognosis or diagnosis, only patients with a certified prognosis of less than six months are eligible for hospice.

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