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Palliative Care from Family

Help for patients with serious conditions, to help manage pain and symptoms while they fight their illness.

What It Is

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Palliative care is an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.

Relieves suffering. Improves quality of life.

Palliative care treats people suffering from serious and chronic illnesses including:

  • cancer,
  • cardiac disease such as Congestive Heart Failure (CHF),
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD),
  • kidney failure,
  • Alzheimer's and other dementias,
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Palliative care services relieve the symptoms of these diseases, such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping. It helps you gain the strength to carry on with daily life. It improves your ability to tolerate medical treatments. And it helps you have more control over your care by better understanding your choices for treatment options.

The point of palliative care is to relieve suffering and provide the best possible quality of life for both the patient and their family.

A Partnership of Patient, Specialists and Family

Palliative care is a partnership of patient, medical specialists, social workers and family. A board certified palliative care physician and nurse practitioner consults with your own doctor to provide optimum control of your symptoms. Palliative care consultative services can also help you to understand your treatment options and goals.

Palliative care:

  • provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms;
  • affirms life;
  • helps the patient navigate the health care system;
  • assists with difficult and complex treatment choices;
  • can help identify community services after a hospice stay;
  • integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care;
  • offers emotional and spiritual support to the patient and family;
  • offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible;
  • offers a support system to help the family cope during the patients illness;
  • uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families
  • will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness;
  • is applicable even in the early course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies
  • For further information or to make a referral please call toll-free 1.866.320-3300

For further information or to make a referral please call toll-free 1.866.320-3300