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Nurses Bring Palliative Care to Elderly

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 8th, 2015

When patients are suffering from serious illnesses or chronic conditions, palliative care can help them cope with symptoms such as pain, stress and confusion. Studies show palliative care not only helps them feel better, but it helps them live longer by improving mood, energy and well-being. Nurses are key to a successful palliative care program because they are the front-line providers of comfort care and best able to assess the need for it.

nurses deliver palliative care Geropalliative care, as it is often referred to when treating the elderly, offers applications to avoid needless suffering and to enhance quality of life for all older adults.

Not every patient who qualifies for palliative care takes advantage of the benefits, however. Nurses can identify patients in need. Through its extensive resources and learning modules, NICHE, a nurse-driven program based at New York University’s College of Nursing, educates nurse leaders to advance palliative care. See GetPallliativeCare.org for more info.

With aging demographics on the rise, geropalliative care is a pressing issue. The complex needs of older adults require healthcare providers to determine the need for and to provide palliative care. And nurses will, once again, answer that call.

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