What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. Care is focused on relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Palliative care is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment.

Our Purpose

  • to improve the quality of life for our patients and their families

Our Approach

  • to anticipate, prevent, and treat symptoms holistically
  • to facilitate transitions across care settings, care providers, and goals of care

Our Goals

  • provide relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
  • affirm life and regard dying as a normal process
  • neither hasten or postpone death
  • integrate the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care
  • offer a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death
  • offer a support system to help families and their loved ones’ cope during the patient’s illness
  • enhance our patients’ quality of life

When to Consider Palliative Care

Palliative care is an option when you or your family member has:

  • been informed by a physician of a serious or life-limiting illness
  • progressively declining health, despite treatment
  • frequent hospitalizations
  • decreased ability to perform regular activities of daily living
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