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In the final stages of terminal illnesses, it can become evident that in spite of the best care, attention, and treatment, your patient  is approaching the end of his or her life. The patient’s care continues, although the focus 0r goals 0f care shifts to making the patient as comfortable as possible. Depending on the nature of the illness and the patient’s circumstances, this final stage  may last from a matter of weeks or months. During this time, palliative care measures can provide the patient with medication and treatments to control pain and other symptoms, such as constipation, nausea, or shortness of breath etc. please read prognosis in terminal care.

Even with years of experience, caregivers often find the last stages of life uniquely challenging and a difficult road for all involved .  The daily care now combined with complex end-of-life decisions. End-of-life care giving requires support, available from a variety of sources such as home health agents, nursing home personnel, hospice providers, and palliative care physicians and by the hospice team.