"A World Health Organization statement describes palliative care as "an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems 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." The term "palliative care" is increasingly used with regard to diseases other than cancer such as chronic, progressive pulmonary disorders, renal disease, chronic heart failure, HIV/AIDS and progressive neurological conditions."
When one is diagnosed with a Life-threatening illness, the patient and family should be taken into the supportive network (read as: connecting all or catching those falling) - of the Palliative Care environment, & supported throughout the process - no matter how long that time frame may still be. If clients are referred to this network earlier, the "fear-factor" of "what now?" could be addressed. Highly skilled & experienced nurses & other health care professionals, who have worked with, in & for the community for many years, are able to encourage, support, educate, refer & monitor patients from a much wider spectrum of illnesses to ensure these patients live a healthier, longer, productive life for many years.
Curo Health's vision is to create and encourage this wider spectrum within Palliative Care in South Africa, to ensure that patients and their families are fully empowered with knowledge of their chronic disease/s and enable them to make wise decisions which will affect not only their own lives, but that of their loved ones - e.g. better financial planning by being economically functional for longer, able to manage the emotional stresses involved with being diagnosed with a life altering disease, and by making better health choices to enable them to live as healthily as possible for as long as possible.
It makes sense then that Palliative Care is not for the "dying", but definitely for the "LIVING"! Curo Health is on a mission to make this happen by partnering, networking & referring to all role players - health & wealth realms - within South Africa. Contact us to find out how you can benefit from joining us on this journey of a better life for ALL!