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- Common questions about palliative care
- Will I lose my independence?
Will I lose my independence?
This is a common concern for people. Depending on your condition, you may need a little help with a few things or more help with lots of daily tasks. This is likely to change over time.
Your palliative care team will discuss practical ways you can maintain a sense of independence for as long as possible. They may suggest modifications or services to help you stay at home (such as installing handrails or a ramp). They may also recommend or loan you equipment to help conserve your energy (such as a walking frame).
For many people, maintaining control over day-to-day decisions is important – the team will respect your wishes if you don’t want to take up their suggestions. If you feel you are losing your independence, you might feel angry and fear what the future holds.
I see a palliative care person every eight weeks. Not for direct intervention but to discuss what particular things might be confronting me. It is a security to know that there is a team and individual nurses you can call upon if you need them.Bryce
Podcast for people affected by advanced cancer
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