Palliative care : this is active care in a comprehensive approach to the person suffering from a serious progressive or terminal illness. Their aim is to relieve physical pain and other symptoms and to address psychological, social and spiritual suffering.
Those who provide palliative care and support consider the patient as a living being until the end, and death as a natural process. They seek to avoid unreasonable investigation and treatment. They refuse to intentionally cause death. They strive to preserve the best possible quality of life until death and offer support to bereaved loved ones.
The various members of the Mobile Palliative Care Team travel as consultants to assess, with the caregivers, the difficulties posed by a patient suffering from a serious and advanced illness, both on the medical, nursing and psychosocial levels. Requests for intervention from the team come from various sources: doctors, caregivers, patients, family. For good collaboration, the agreement of the doctor in charge of the department calling on the team is necessary.
The role of the team is:
- to advise and support the approach of the healthcare team in place, in particular for the evaluation and prevention of the overall suffering of the patient and that of his relatives,
- help relieve distressing symptoms that interfere with the patient's quality of life,
- to support loved ones,
- to promote the return home of patients in conjunction with the attending physician and possibly home care structures, Home Nursing Service ( SSIAD ) and Home Hospitalization ( HAD ),
- to offer bereavement follow-up to those around you.