(Closed) What does palliative care mean??

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
4371 posts
Honey bee

Palliative care means they are trying to make the patient as comfortable as possible, for what is usually an incurable condition. 

Post # 4
5543 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’m so sorry. 🙁

Palliative care means they will no longer be treating whatever is causing the issue, just mostly treating any pain she has. Especially if she has refused the feeding tube, they may place her on what is called TPN, which is basically the basic nutrients required to live given in their most basic forms through an IV, and IV fluids to keep her from being totally dehydrated. But it means they are waiting for her body to give up. They will make sure she isn’t in any pain, but they have determined that either there is nothing else to do, or she wants them to stop trying. If you can I most certainly suggest getting there soon. How long palliative care lasts is totally dependant on how sick she is and what is causing it. However, this isn’t something one stays on for an extended time, so the sooner the better. Also, depending on how much pain she is in the medicines they give her closer to the end may be stronger so that she may not be as lucid and aware as she is now. I am so sorry!

Post # 5
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

palliative care is like hospice care.

Post # 6
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

I’m sorry you’re dealing with this right now on top of everything else. Unfortunately, the other bees are right. Palliative care means that they won’t further any treatment at the request of the patient. So it sounds like they’re just trying to make her last days comfortable. 

Post # 7
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yes, it is the end. I’m so sorry. I went through this with my grandmother, as well. If I were in her position, i’d want the same thing – no feeding tubes, no dragging it out. It’s a horrible existence, being trapped in your hospital bed like that.

Try to make peace with the fact that she lived a very long life and is going out on her own terms!

Post # 8
7524 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Palliative care is a plan of care for patients and their families who have decided that aggressive treatment for an illness is no longer desired or an option.  It is about  making the patient comfortable for the time that they have left, addressing pain and symptoms, and addressing the emotional and spiritual needs of the patient (and family). It can be a relief and a blessing for the patients and their families and it is fortuante that the hospital your grandma is at has gotten the palliative care team involved.  It sounds as though your grandmother is tired and does not want anything aggressive done for her care.  As hard as that is, it is important to honor her wishes (only she knows how she feels).  That being said, no one has an expiration date marked on their forehead- so while you may want to take your kids up to see her- that doesn’t mean she will be gone tomorrow.

I work in end of life care- so feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

Post # 10
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Unfotuantely, the PPs are right that this is the beginning of the end.  Palliative care will simply make your grandmother comfortable and treat her pain; it won’t treat whatever is making her ill or help her get better.

That said, how long she will survive on palliative care depends on how sick she currently is.  It may be a day or two or it may be longer.  Either way though, you should take your opportunity for you and your kids to see her before higher doses of pain meds make her less lucid.

I’m sorry.

Post # 11
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@mrskisstobe:  Oh hun, I’m so sorry 🙁  Big hugs to you, and of course thoughts & prayers with you & your family!!

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