/ Palliative Care
Dealing with the symptoms of a painful or serious illness is difficult. Palliative care offers relief from troubling conditions, helping you live more comfortably and enjoy improved quality of life at any stage during the disease process. Our services can be consulted at any point during a serious illness and can continue as long as needed until symptoms are managed and goals of care are established.
We 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 alongside your primary health care provider and actively supports you and your family, by helping make critical care decisions and plan for the future. We want to ensure your goals are identified and achieved. Our services include:
Palliative care promotes symptom management and quality of life. Symptom management includes pain, nausea and vomiting, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of appetite and sleeplessness. This specialized care can be available at the time of diagnosis and can be received at the same time a patient is receiving curative treatment. Our team will actively support the family, help make critical care decisions and plan for the future to make sure the patient's goals are identified and achieved.
It may be time for palliative care if you or your loved one:
Palliative care can manage many distressing symptoms, but receiving palliative care does not necessarily mean you are dying. It provides support for you and your family, helping to improve communication between you and your health care providers. Palliative care provides you with:
With your primary health care provider, your palliative care team will combine vigorous pain and symptom control with every part of your treatment. Team members will spend as much time as you and your family need to help you fully understand your condition, your care options and your other needs. They also make sure you experience a smooth transition between the hospital and other services, such as home care or nursing facilities.
This team approach results in well-planned, complete treatment for all of your symptoms during your illness. Your treatment plan will take care of you in your current condition and anticipate your future needs. Palliative care supports you and those who love you by maximizing your comfort. It also helps you set goals for the future that lead to a meaningful, enjoyable life while you get treatment for your illness.