Palliative care improves quality of life
People need to move away from a perception that palliative care is only about a person's final weeks and days in a hospital or hospice.
That's the message from the Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care. Director Paddy Blaney said: "A palliative care approach cares for all elements of a person with a serious or non-curable illness - emotional, physical and spiritual.
"Taking this approach early on can mean being able to experience the best possible quality of life for longer.
"It may mean being able to spend most of the time at home and accessing hospice care when symptoms become too difficult to manage, going in and out of hospital for specialist care when needed, or receiving quality of life care in a nursing home."
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