Acompalia supports terminally ill patients and their families in Granada and along the Costa Tropical. Two vital services are already in place. As soon as we can, we plan to offer Palliative Care as the third pillar of our services. Until we turn this vision into a reality we’ve teamed with the Palliative Care Division of Motril’s Santa Ana hospital, enhancing their services.
What is palliative care?
- is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms and stresses of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and his or her family.
- is provided by a specially trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.
- improves quality of life: it focuses on symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping and depression. It also helps you gain the strength to carry on with daily life. It improves your ability to tolerate medical treatments. And it helps you have more control over your care by improving your understanding of your choices for treatment.
A Partnership of Patient, Specialists and Family
Palliative care is a team approach to care. The core team includes doctor, nurse and social work palliative care specialists. Massage therapists, pharmacists, nutritionists, chaplains and others may also be part of the team.
The team spends as much time as necessary with you and your family. They become a partner with you, your family and your other doctors. They support you and your family every step of the way, not only by controlling your symptoms, but also by helping you to understand your treatment options and goals.
Palliative care in Granada and Costa Tropical: a growing need
Whether expats or Spanish residents of Granada, we’re all part of an ageing population. Over the next few years, palliative or hospice care – specialised care for terminally ill patients – is going to become an increasingly important issue for our loved ones, and eventually for many of us as well. This is because:
- Many expats are settled in Andalucia for life, whilst their families remain abroad.
- Spanish families are increasingly split up in different regions or even countries as the younger generation seeks work further afield.
- Middle-aged women, traditionally the caregivers for loved ones, are working full-time outside the home, meaning that many are unable to take on this role.
- People are living longer, and are more likely to suffer from a terminal illness such as cancer, heart disease or lung disease at the end of their lives.
Research shows that:
- Most people want the choice to die at home or in sympathetic surroundings, with their families at hand.
- They want effective pain relief and appropriate but non-intrusive medical care.
- Patients want their loved ones to feel supported – emotionally and practically – during and after the patient’s last days.
Here at Acompalia, we are passionate about giving patients and families this kind of choice, the kind that isn’t available in conventional hospital settings.