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terminal illnessA term defined in UK Social Security legislation as: “a progressive disease where death as a consequence of that disease can reasonably be expected within 6 months”. Patients who are suffering from a terminal illness can claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Attendance Allowance (AA) or Incapacity Benefit (IB) under the so-called “special rules”.
The health care professional supports the patient and family by anticipating their loss and grief and helps the patient to deal with fear, pain and suffering, hopelessness, dependency, disability, loss of self-esteem, and loss of pleasure. Hospice care is provided if desired and available. The patient receives caring comfort and help in adjusting to decreased quality of life to ensure that death occurs with dignity.
ter·mi·nal ill·ness(tĕrmi-năl ilnĕs)
Patient discussion about terminal illness
Q. I heard that HIV is no longer considered a terminal illness?!? I saw a T.V. program about it and they said it’s a “chronic disease”. What does that means?? Is it true?