Palliative Care is a medical specialty that focuses on the relief of pain and other symptoms to improve the quality of life for patients with a serious or life-limiting illness. Palliative care can be provided along with curative treatment. Often patients with cancer, cardiac disease, pulmonary disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis find palliative care especially beneficial.
Palliative care services may include:
- A complete patient assessment
- Treatment to manage complex pain and other symptoms such as respiratory distress and anxiety
- Assistance to achieve patient-identified goals of care
- Counseling and emotional support for the patient and family
Adult patients can receive palliative care services at home, in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and physician offices.
The Palliative Care Team includes physicians who are board certified in hospice and palliative care, nurse practitioners with extensive experience in pain and symptom management, and social workers who are knowledgeable about the physical, emotional and spiritual issues that often accompany a serious or life-limiting illness.
The Pediatric Palliative Care Program is designed for the special needs of children with life-threatening illness and their families. All services are in addition to those provided by the child’s physician and are designed to improve the quality of life for the child and family. Services are available for children with a wide range of illnesses – both life-threatening and curable.
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