What are the 5 stages of Palliative Care?

What is Palliative care?

Palliative care is a care service provided to someone who has been diagnosed with an end-of-life prognosis. This is provided when an illness or condition becomes terminal, and treatments can no longer work to cure the illness.

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How does palliative care differ from other types of care?

Palliative is less about delivering care, and more about offering support to the patient and their family. Palliative care usually focuses on easing the symptoms of the illness and providing comfort care. Palliative care assistants work to provide support, helping the individual and their families to accept their end-of-life prognosis.

Palliative care also works to support families during the different phases of end of life. It can also work to refer residents and relatives to relevant counselling and support services.

Personal home care help

Forms of palliative care

private home care visit

Hospital palliative care

This form of palliative care is usually given over a short-term period. The palliative care teams arrange for transfers to hospices, care homes, or to their homes.


Hospice palliative care offers day to day support with the freedom to go home. Unlike a care home, a resident doesn’t have to stay in a hospice permanently.

Five stages of palliative care

1-      Creating an initial plan. This plan is designed to be flexible so that it evolves as the illness changes. This plan is typically made with input from a healthcare professional, the individual and their family.

2-      Emotional and spiritual care is provided at this stage, both to the patient and their families.

3-      Care teams will work to ensure the patient can maintain as much independence as possible. At this stage, home health aides may be installed, as well as assistance from carers who can assist with daily tasks that may be beginning to become more difficult.

4-      At this stage, permanent care at a care home or hospice may be arranged. Some may choose to stay in their home, in which case live-in care can be arranged to support the individual and their family.

5-      The final stage consists of bereavement support for the family and friends.

Private home care
If your loved one is unable to live independently and cannot care for themselves anymore, moving into a residential setting will give them the benefit of 24-hour care and support. This will give you peace of mind that your loved one is safe and that they receive the right level of care.

The aims of palliative care

·         To manage and treat the symptoms and pain associated with their illness.

·         To support patients in making the most of everyday and live as best they can.

·         To provide support and counselling to the resident and their family, as well as helping them to understand their illness and accept the prognosis.

·         To provide a holistic approach, offering physical care, as well as psychological and spiritual care to look after the wellbeing of the individual.

·         To be there to provide support for the patient and their loved ones and not to promote or attempt to prevent dying.


Dementia Care and End of Life Care

Palliative care generally works to keep someone at the end of their life as comfortable and symptom free as possible. Each treatment plan will vary depending on the person and the individual and their family will be consulted throughout the care process.

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