Palliative Care is a team approach that aims to improve quality of life and relieve suffering for patients and their families facing serious illness. The goals of Palliative Care include assessing and treating pain and other symptoms, communicating care goals, providing support for complex medical decision making, providing practical, spiritual, and psychosocial support, coordinating care and offering bereavement services. Palliative Care is provided in conjunction with all other appropriate medical treatments, including curative and life-prolonging therapies. It is optimally delivered through an interdisciplinary team consisting of appropriately trained physicians, nurses, and social workers, with support and contributions from other professionals as needed. It is NOT hospice care.
Appropriate patients for Palliative Care Conditions such as:
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, lung disease
- Kidney failure
- Liver failure
- Neurological diseases (e.g., ALS, Parkinson’s)
Or with following symptoms:
- Pain or discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Lack of appetite
Ask your doctor if you have questions about Palliative Care or if you or a loved one are interested in the services our program can provide.