Palliative Care And Your Pharmacist
Palliative care is the special care of a person whose disease cannot be cured. Palliative care does not hasten or delay death, but, does provide comfort and support to the person and family. Pharmacists are your community’s medication expert, and can be an important part of the palliative care team.
- To relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying.
- To provide care for any person/or family, living with any life threatening illness or diagnosis.
- To provide a cohesive team of health care providers to effectively address the needs of the patient and family.
- The goal of palliative care is to ease pain and other symptoms (such as depression or upset stomach).
The pharmacist's role in palliative care
- Give advice on the side effects of the medication
- Teach the person and the family how to take the medication and what to do if there are side effects
- Give the doctor advice on how to give the medication
- Help set up a schedule for taking medications
- Make up the medication
- Ongoing monitoring of all medications
Peoples Pharmacists can be a valuable resource and important part of the palliative care team when needed. Speak to your Peoples Pharmacist about this important service.