Palliative care

What is the Palliative Care?

If you've been told that you may not get better, you might also have heard about palliative care. Palliative care is for people living with a terminal illness where a cure is no longer possible. It’s also for people who have a complex illness and need their symptoms controlled. Although these people usually have an advanced, progressive condition, this isn't always the case.

Palliative care aims to treat or manage pain and other physical symptoms. It will also help with any psychological, social or spiritual needs. Palliative care includes caring for people who are nearing the end of life. This is called end of life care.

The goal of palliative care is to help you and everyone affected by your illness to achieve the best quality of life. You might receive palliative care alongside particular treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

The Palliative Care:

  • improves quality of life
  • provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
  • supports life and regards dying as a normal process
  • doesn't quicken or postpone death
  • combines psychological and spiritual aspects of care
  • offers a support system to help people live as actively as possible until death
  • offers a support system to help the family cope during a person’s illness and in bereavement
  • uses a team approach to address the needs of the person who is ill and their families
  • also applies to the earlier stages of illness, alongside other therapies that are aimed at prolonging life


Tailored palliative care at home

We understand that having a support network in place is essential for people who have been diagnosed with terminal conditions. Hospitals and care homes are not the only option; tailored one-to-one live-in care enables palliative care at home to be delivered right through to the final stages of life. We understand that this is a highly emotional time for clients and their families and our carers assist with the practical aspects of daily life, as well as provide emotional support which is so important at this time. 


What is end of life care?

End of life care is an important part of palliative care for people who are nearing the end of life. End of life care is for people who are considered to be in the last year of life, but this time frame can be difficult to predict.

End of life care aims to help people live as well as possible and to die with dignity. It also refers to care during this time and can include additional support, such as help with legal matters. End of life care continues for as long as you need it.


Common myths about palliative care

Palliative care is often misunderstood and some people believe things about it that aren't true.

MYTH: If I need palliative care it means I’ll have to go to a hospice
You can receive palliative care in a range of settings including in your home, in hospital, in a care home or a hospice.

MYTH: If I have palliative care it means my doctors have given up and I’ll no longer receive active treatment for my illness
You can receive palliative care alongside active treatments for your illness, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

MYTH: If I have palliative care I’ll no longer be seen by other specialists who know about my particular illness
You can receive palliative care support alongside care from the specialists who have been treating your particular illness.

MYTH: Palliative care is just about treating pain and other physical symptoms
Palliative care aims to provide a holistic approach to give you the best quality of life possible. This means caring for all your physical, emotional, psychological, social and other needs.

MYTH: Only people who are ill can benefit from palliative care
Palliative care teams are very aware that caring for someone with an advanced illness can have a big impact on family members and friends. Palliative care teams do as much as they can to help people cope with an advanced illness.


Choose the right type of care

If you need to discuss more about the Palliative Care or about the End of Life Care, or if you want us to introduce to you a suitable carer, with the skills and experience that complement your needs and preferences, you can contact Le Temp Care on 0800 195 6647, send us an e-mail on, or complete our enquiry form.

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