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People respond differently to treatment options. A key benefit of palliative care is that it customizes treatment to meet the needs of each person. Palliative care may be provided at any time during a person’s illness, from the time of diagnosis to the end of life. And it may be given at the same time as curative treatment.
Iyashi Care provides pain and symptom relief while the person simultaneously seeks curative treatment. Each person is unique, so each approach is tailor-made by the highly trained palliative care team to specifically meet your needs.
Whenever a family member becomes ill, the illness takes a toll not only on the individual patient, but also on their family members. While doctors do their best to provide care for their patients, it’s not uncommon for the family to experience challenges too. The Iyashi Care team will ensure that the patient is receiving the care they request and additionally work to help family members through the emotional stress of their loved one’s illness.
Cultural values are still very prevalent in the Japanese American and Japanese community. Common approaches to medical care include gambaru, or enduring through difficult times, including poor health and discomfort. Shikata ga nai (it can’t be helped) is another view that patients often have of their illness because they think that nausea or fatigue is simply a side effect of their medication that they must tolerate. Even if the patient recognizes their symptoms or situation as something that can be managed, they may employ enryo because they would rather not burden their loved ones or doctors with their problems.
The Iyashi Care team recognizes these cultural values and is equipped to address them as they work to enhance the quality of life our older adults experience.
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