Palliative care provides practical support for individuals suffering from incurable progressive chronic diseases, from diagnosis through to the end of their lives. This care provides relief from troublesome symptoms such as pain, digestive problems, nausea and breathing difficulties.
Palliative care also provides relief from psychological suffering such as anxiety and depression. It also offers support in cases of isolation or of family conflicts.
Organising palliative care requires cooperation between various professionals in the fields of healthcare, social work and spiritual support. All of these individuals form a network which will provide the patient and his/her next of kin with relief and a secure environment. Volunteers also play an important role in providing support and attention for seriously ill patients and their next of kin, be it at home or at hospital.