World Health Organization
An approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.”
Therapy & Palliative Care
Resilient puts a great emphasis on rehabilitation and promoting the role of therapy in palliative care defined as "restorative therapy" for patients with acute or chronic illness who require strengthening to promulgate ADL's in order to alleviate symptoms and increase quality of life." The overall goal is independence and safety in the patient's home. Research shows appropriate referral to palliative rehab is critical for optimal and patient-centre care, as physical therapy promotes higher-functioning patients.
So it's not Hospice?
Palliative care is a practice discipline, which involves life-limiting illnesses. The goal of palliative care is to manage symptoms and provide pain relief with a focus on improving quality of life for patients and their families. Patients receiving palliative care generally have progressive illness such as cancer, heart failure, neurological or lung disease. They may opt to receive curative treatments like chemotherapy, radiation, or dialysis, and simultaneously manage debilitating and distressing symptoms with physical and occupational therapy. Unlike hospice, all patients with serious illnesses can access palliative care at the time of diagnosis, earlier in their disease process, rather than in the last 6 months of their life.