WHAT IS PALLIATIVE CARE?
Palliative care is a chance for people dealing with life-limiting illness to have relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of dealing with the illness and to have an extra layer of support. Unlike hospice, palliative care can be provided alongside curative treatment.The goal of palliative care is to provide symptom management, advance care planning, spiritual and emotional support if needed and overall quality of life.
Who benefits from Palliative Care?
- Patients with advanced cancer who are still receiving curative treatments
- Patients with advanced heart disease facing difficult decisions regarding treatment options
- Patients with advanced COPD who are experiencing frequent hospitalizations
- Patients with advanced dementia experiencing decline
- Patients who suffer from pain or other symptoms due to a serious illness
- Patients who experience physical or emotional pain that is NOT under control
- Patients who need help understanding the situation and coordinating care
What can I expect?
- A Physician or Nurse Practitioner specially trained in palliative medicine will evaluate your needs and develop a care plan to manage your care.
- A social worker is also available as needed through your plan of care to assist you with community resources and advanced care planning.
- A team approach to support you every step of the way.