If you have a life-limiting illness that cannot be cured and that you are likely to die from you may require palliative care. Examples of life-limiting illnesses include advanced cancers, Motor Neuron Disease (MND) and dementia.
The aim of palliative care is to help you to have a good quality of life – this includes being as well and active as possible in the time you have left. Palliative care can help with:
- managing pain
- providing emotional, spiritual and psychological support
- help with social care needs - washing, dressing or eating
- support for family and friends
You can receive palliative care at any stage in your illness, it does not necessarily mean that you are nearing the end of your life. Some people receive palliative care for years although others are nearing the end of life and will also receive end of life care. You can receive palliative care alongside other treatments, therapies and medicines which control your illness, such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy.