Palliative care is a specialized medical approach focused on improving the quality of life for individuals with serious illnesses, particularly those facing life-threatening conditions. It aims to provide relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress associated with the illness, rather than seeking a cure.
Palliative care addresses physical, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of care, often involving a team of healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, social workers, and chaplains. It is not limited to end-of-life care and can be integrated alongside curative treatments to help patients and their families better cope with the challenges of serious illnesses.
Palliative care is an another layer of care focused on overall quality of life for people living with a serious illness. It can be offered anytime during an illness or treatments, and can help people live with comfort and dignity.
Help you and your loved ones know about your illness and what to expect through advance care planning talks
Manage pain and symptoms to help improve your quality of life.
Update your care plan to match your goals, wishes and needs.
Work with your other doctors and specialists to make sure the care you get is the care you want.
Palliative care may be offered to people of any age who have a serious or life-threatening illness. It can help adults and children living with illnesses such as:
Symptoms that may be improved by palliative care include:
Here's some information to help you get ready for your first consultation appointment.
Palliative care can be part of your treatment plan at any stage of a serious illness. You may consider palliative care when you have questions about:
Your first meeting may take place while you're in the hospital or in an
outpatient clinic. Research suggests that early use of palliative care services can:
Your palliative care team will talk with you about your symptoms and current treatments. The team may discuss how this illness is affecting you and your family. You and your palliative care team make a plan to prevent and ease suffering and improve your daily life. This plan will be carried out in coordination with your primary care team in a way that works well with any other treatment you're receiving.
Your palliative care plan is designed to fit your life and needs. It may include elements such as:
Your palliative care team collaborates with your health care providers to ensure your care is well coordinated.
If you are interested in receiving Palliative care services, talk to your doctor or call us at 480 306-8655