What are the benefits for patients?
Helping people to take control of these important parts of their lives means they can live at home for as long as possible with independence and dignity.
A big part of palliative care is improving quality of life. While everyone we help has a terminal illness, some have years to live and some have months. We have a very patient-centred approach that focuses on about what the patient wants to achieve to make the most of the time they have.
One patient had suffered quite a few falls after treatment for her cancer symptoms. I found out that this had caused her to lose confidence in her mobility and feel very limited in what she could do by herself. We worked with local physiotherapists to teach simple mobility techniques and come up with exercises to help her regain confidence while the treatment was adjusted to minimise the side effects.