At Ascension Seton Palliative Care, our goal is to help patients optimize their quality of life and improve functioning during or after serious or chronic illness by addressing symptom needs, defining care goals and facilitating communication with providers involved in their care.
Our doctors are specially trained in Palliative Medicine. They identify both physical and emotional pain and the symptoms of the illness and provide treatment plans to alleviate suffering and manage pain throughout the patients’ continuum of care. In addition to symptom and pain management, our specialists work closely with the patients, their families and their care team to ensure coordinated care across all stages of treatment.
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.
Palliative Care May Be Appropriate For:
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, lung disease
- Kidney failure
- Liver failure
- Neurological diseases (e.g., ALS, Parkinson’s)
Palliative Care Can Also Treat:
- 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.