Cancer patients often feel more comfortable and secure being cared for at home. Many patients want to stay at home so they will not be separated from family, friends, and familiar surroundings. Palliative care is active, holistic care and treatment for patients with incurable diseases and short expected time left to live. Relieving physical pain and other bothersome symptoms are central together with efforts against psychological, social, spiritual and existential problems. The aim of palliative care is to improve both the patientsâ and the close family membersâ quality of life and well-being.
Talking about the death may create safety and reduce anxiety for all the involved. Unpleasant symptoms occur frequently among dying patients in hospitals the last days of their lives. In order to provide dignity for the terminally illâs last days and the death, improving relief of symptoms of physical, psychological, spiritual and existential character is needed. It may be challenging for the health care personnel to open up for talks with palliative patients about short expected time left to live and about the death. Dignity in death is related to having someone together with them in the death moment. It is important that the dying one receive good pain relief and support to cope with anxiety, worries, and physical symptoms.
Last date updated on July, 2014