Rehabilitation in Palliative Care
In the context of palliative care, rehabilitation aims to improve quality of life for people living with life-limiting illness by enabling them to be as active and productive as possible with minimum dependence on others, regardless of their life expectancy (NICE. Guidance on cancer services: improving supportive and palliative care for adults with cancer. The manual. National Institute for Clinical Excellence, London, 2004). Palliative rehabilitation helps enable people to participate as fully as possible in all aspects of their daily lives. It represents an important route for people to fulfill meaningful goals, maintain dignity and adapt constructively to the uncertainty and loss that is often intrinsic in the lived experience of advancing illness. In its simplest sense, palliative rehabilitation is about enabling people to live fully until they die (Tiberini and Richardson, Rehabilitative palliative care: enabling people to live fully until they die. A challenge for the 21st century. Hospice, 2015. ISBN:978-1-871978-91-9). Rehabilitation in palliative care combines the specialist contribution of physiotherapists and occupational therapists together with the interdisciplinary practice of “rehabilitative palliative care.”
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