Understanding Palliative Care
30/09/2014The Southern Trust is supporting the Making the most of life campaign which takes place during the first-ever Palliative Care Week from 6-11 October 2014.
The campaign aims to change the common public perception that palliative care is about pain relief for older people during the final days of life, to an understanding that including a palliative care approach, as part of a medical care plan, it helps to achieve the best possible quality of life for a person living with an incurable condition and their family/carers.
Palliative Care Week has been welcomed by Angela McVeigh, Director of Older People and Primary Care Services in the Trust. Angela said: “I am confident this initiative will help to improve understanding of the benefits of the inclusion of a palliative care approach. The palliative approach seeks to care for all aspects of the person – mind, body and spirit and is very beneficial for patients, carers and their families. I encourage everyone to find out more from www.palliativecareweek.com or follow the Twitter campaign #pallcareweek.”
Palliative Care week is coordinated by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) on an all-island basis. AIIHPC Director Paddie Blaney said: “A palliative care approach is beneficial for anyone with a non-curable illness, regardless of age or condition and also supports their family, friends and carers both during an illness and afterwards. For the very best outcomes palliative care starts as early as possible and is suitable for a number of years, not just the weeks and days at the end of life.”
The Southern Trust provides a range of services for patients and families with Palliative and End of Life needs.
If you would like further information on Palliative Care visit www.palliativecareweek.com or for Palliative Care Services in the Southern Trust contact Aileen Mulligan, Palliative Care Service Improvement Lead for the Southern Trust on Tel: 07766 607 852 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org