What is palliative care?
The focus of palliative care is to provide relief from the pain, stress and other symptoms of serious illnesses. Palliative care also includes emotional, psychological and spiritual support to patients and their loved ones as they plan for the next steps. Our palliative care team works with your doctors, providing an additional layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with treatment.
Palliative care may be right for you if any of the following statements are true:
- I am living with a serious illness that is causing pain, stress, nausea, difficulty breathing, fatigue, trouble sleeping or loss of appetite.
- I would like to better understand my illness and get guidance about the treatment options.
- I would like for my medical care and treatments to be aligned with my values, goals and wishes.
- I would like help making plans for my future care needs.
Our team will work closely with you, your loved ones, and your doctor to decide which of our services will help you the most. Our services include:
- Pain management
- Helping you decide what is important to you and what your care goals are
- Explaining your illness and any symptoms or complications that you may experience
- Helping with advance care planning, including living wills, Medical Power of Attorney, and POLST (Physician's Orders for Life Sustaining Treatments)
- Coordinating community resources for:
- Supportive services at home
- Emotional and spiritual support and counseling
- Grief and bereavement support and counseling
- Help with the transition to end-of-life care, if and when appropriate