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MedRabbits sees home-based palliative care holds immense promise

Our Bureau, Bengaluru
Friday, December 29, 2023, 14:45 Hrs  [IST]

MedRabbits sees home-based palliative care holds immense promise. It enhances the quality of life for those facing severe ailments while reshaping the future of compassionate and personalized healthcare.
Palliative care isn't bound by prognosis; it's about addressing needs. It's suitable for any age and any phase of a severe illness, whether it's chronic, treatable, or life-threatening. Palliative care complements curative treatments like chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery, said Amol R Deshmukh, founder and CEO, MedRabbits
Studies indicate that palliative care enhances pain management, alleviates symptoms, boosts satisfaction among families regarding their loved one's care, and lowers healthcare expenses. Remarkably, it has demonstrated the potential to extend some patients' lives. Citing an example of one of our patients who was given about 2-3 weeks to survive by the doctor, extensive and compassionate palliative care support resulted in the patient surviving another incredible twelve months, much to the amazement of the doctors, he added.
Over 50 million individuals globally require palliative care annually, yet merely about 12 per cent of those in need receive it, according to the World Health Organization.
Palliative care is a specialized approach focused on improving the quality of life for individuals facing serious illnesses. It goes beyond traditional medical treatments, addressing the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients.
The concept of home-based palliative care, with its emphasis on comfort, dignity, and familiarity, represents a crucial advancement in the healthcare landscape. This holistic approach to severe, chronic illness management addresses the multifaceted needs of individuals, aiming to elevate their quality of life. The integration of palliative care into routine healthcare, especially within the home setting, aligns with global health goals, as recognized by the World Health Organization.
This evolving model of care is not just about medical intervention but encompasses a comprehensive strategy that includes physical comfort, emotional and psychological support, and family education. Early identification and timely intervention play a pivotal role in ensuring that individuals receive the necessary medical attention and support tailored to their unique circumstances, stated Deshmukh.
However, implementing palliative care within the home introduces its unique set of challenges. Identifying those needing this specialized care at an early juncture demands a nuanced approach. Equipping families with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide care to the ailing emerges as a crucial educational imperative. Simultaneously, facilitating home-based investigations poses distinctive complexities that necessitate meticulous consideration, he noted.
It is evident that the paradigm of home-based palliative care requires a strategic and comprehensive approach. The future outlook for home-based palliative care holds immense promise, envisioning a healthcare landscape where individuals seamlessly transition between different stages of care within the familiar confines of their homes. The  future involves integrating technology and compassionate practices to create  healthcare  tailored to each individual's  needs, ensuring comfort, dignity, and unwavering support throughout their illness, said Deshmukh.


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