Hospice and Palliative Care

Palliative Care

Dealing with the symptoms of a painful or serious illness is difficult.  A special kind of care, Palliative (pal-lee-uh-tiv) care or comfort care can help.  Palliative care offers relief from troubling conditions, helping you live more comfortably and enjoy improved quality of life.  It can help you manage many conditions - pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, sleep problems, side effects from treatments and other symptoms.  Our care team works along side of your primary health care provider and can coexist with other treatments that you may be receiving for your illness.  

Palliative care provides you with:

  • Expert treatment of pain and other symptoms so you get the best relief possible
  • Open discussion about treatment choices, including treatment for your disease and management of your symptoms
  • Coordination of your care with all of your health care providers
  • Emotional support for you and your family

It may be time for palliative care if you or your loved one:

  • Suffers from pain or other symptoms because of serious illness
  • Experiences physical or emotional pain that is not under control
  • Needs help understanding the situation of an illness and how to coordinate the needed care

Contact Information:

Spectrum Health Hospice and Palliative Care 
145 Michigan Avenue
Suite 5120
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone:  616.391.9945
Fax:  616.486.6346
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