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Palliative care describes an approach to care for those who are living with a life-limiting illness (an illness that cannot be cured), their family and carers. Palliative care does not mean you are immediately dying; rather it is defined as when treatment will no longer ‘cure’ or ‘fully heal’ your illness. Active treatment may still be undertaken to help relieve your symptoms and sometimes slow disease progression. You may be confronted by the idea of being referred to a palliative care service, however in most cases, early referral is appropriate and beneficial to improve quality of life. Palliative care is about living as well as dying, about diseases well beyond cancer, and about far more people than those just affected through disease.


Tell me more about palliative care

What’s the difference between ‘palliative care’ and ‘end-of-life care’?

Does being referred to a palliative care team mean I will be admitted to a ward for dying people?

If I choose not to be admitted to an inpatient palliative care unit, what are my other options?

Can I be ‘palliative’ and still remain at home?

How do I know if inpatient or outpatient palliative care is the right choice?

I am scared thinking about being admitted to a palliative care unit. What is it like?

What is ‘appropriate support’?

How can physiotherapy help me in palliative care?

I'm tired and lethargic—how does going to physiotherapy and doing more activity help?

Do I need to see a physiotherapist or can I do it by myself and improve my function and quality of life?