Enhancing the quality of life: palliative care

Enhancing the quality of life: palliative care
23 July 2018

By Michelle Rodda,
BHB Trustee & Cranford Hospice Nurse Practitioner Intern

Palliative care helps to reduce the burden of symptoms, so people can make the most of their time.

Palliative care aims to optimise function and to enhance quality of life for patients with serious and life-limiting illnesses. It focuses on reducing the burden of symptoms, and supporting patients and caregivers.

Palliative care for patients with respiratory conditions often includes symptom management and support of patients. Symptoms such as dyspnoea (shortness of breath), cough, haemoptysis, sputum production, fatigue, and respiratory secretion management, especially impact on quality of life.

Helping people manage their symptoms and improving a patient’s ability to live with serious respiratory conditions is one of diseases that Cranford Hospice service cares for.

Initially it may seem scary to be referred to hospice – we understand this, but will talk with you to help support you and your family at this point in your journey.

Cranford Hospice is Hawke’s Bay’s leading specialist palliative care service. The goal of Cranford Hospice is to help people make the most of their time left on their journey and to help people with a terminal illness make the most of their lives, to live every moment in whatever way is important to them.

Cranford’s care covers practical help, as well as emotional, spiritual, physical care. Our highly-skilled and dedicated team includes doctors, nurses, pharmacists and family support staff and we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to talk through any concerns, offer advice or help manage symptoms.

We offer our services at no cost to the patient regardless of age, ethnicity, means or religion. Anyone with a life-limiting condition can access our services. You can also self-refer. Then, with your permission, we will contact your doctor to get the necessary information.

To learn more visit cranfordhospice.org.nz or call  06 878 7047 .