As the holiday season rapidly approaches and we reflect on the many things we are grateful for, the urgent sense to begin planning and coordinating soon takes over. True to previous years, the joy of the season is often coupled with stress and frustration. Although we can't slow the clock taking more time for preparation, we can give energy into our own selves- nurturing our ability to give to others. 2016's National Family Caregivers Month theme is "Take care to give care"
Palliative Care is a specialty approach for people with serious illnesses. This process focuses on providing patients with relief from both emotional and physical pain and stress regardless of the diagnosis - typically used as support alongside curative treatments. Palliative Care is beneficial at any stage of illness regardless of age or diagnosis. The overall aim is to improve the person's quality-of-life. In addition to the physical aspect, serious illness includes emot