What is Palliative Care
What Is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is aimed at relieving suffering and improving quality of life for people with serious illness at any stage of the disease; whether that illness is curable, chronic, or life-threatening. Palliative care is a unique care provided by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, and spiritual counselors who provide palliation for people who are seriously ill.
How Does Palliative Care Improve Quality of Life?
Palliative care treats people suffering from serious and chronic illnesses, such as: cancer, cardiac disease, congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, and many more. Palliative care focuses on care of the symptoms of disease, like: pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping associated with your diagnosis. Our goal in palliative care is to ensure that your symptoms are managed properly so that you may carry on with your day to day life.
Partnership Of Patient, Specialties & Family
Palliative care is a team approach to care. The palliative care team includes: doctors, nurses, social workers, and palliative care specialists who work together 24/7 to provide you care. Our team will support you and your family; not only by controlling your symptoms, but also by helping you understand your treatment options and goals.
Talking To Your Doctor
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a serious illness, you may benefit from palliative care. Speak to your doctor about your palliative care options.
Take the Quiz: Is Palliative Care Right for You?
Answer the following questions to determine whether palliative care might be right for you or someone close to you. Remember, you can receive palliative care at any point in your illness.
Since you answered "No" to these questions, you may not need palliative care. However, if you still feel you need it, please talk to your doctor.
Palliative care is something you may need. If you feel you may benefit from palliative care, please talk to your doctor.