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What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tive) focuses on providing patients with the relief from the pain, symptoms and stress associated with serious illness. Palliative care (or comfort care) is given to improve quality of life when you have a serious or life-threatening illness such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, lung disease, cardiac disease/stroke, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), dementia, serious trauma or kidney failure.
Palliative care can be provided at the same time as curative medical treatments and strives to provide symptom and pain relief while helping you explore potential care options. Our Palliative care coordinator can also help you make informed decisions and set goals for your care.
A palliative care consult can help by:
Providing comfort/supporting interventions
Managing symptoms to relieve suffering
Listening to and addressing concerns
Offering emotional and spiritual support
Asking questions of the healthcare team
Working through tough decisions
Finding care and resources after the hospital stay
You may have a hard time dealing with another’s advice. You may also feel the need to remain strong for your loved ones. All of these are normal feelings that should be acknowledged and addressed. A palliative care professional can help you explore these feelings to find the best way for you to cope with them.
What if I’m Interested in Palliative Care?
If you think you would benefit from palliative care, please ask for it. Tell your doctor or nurse that you would like to speak to our Palliative Care Coordinator and request a consult.