Palliative and Supportive Care provides specialized medical care for serious illnesses and diseases, including advanced kidney failure or heart disease.
Palliative Care helps to:
Palliative & Supportive Care may be needed if:
- Prevent and relieve suffering to help build the best possible quality of life.
- Add value to standard therapies by assisting with advanced illness planning and symptom management.
Talk to your doctor to find out if palliative care is the right choice for you or your family member.
- You've had multiple hospital admissions for severe illness.
- Severe pain, nausea, fatigue or other symptoms impacting quality of life and you are reconsidering treatment plans.
- Treatments are no longer working.
- You're feeling hapless or discouraged about the future due to your serious illness.
Your Care Team
Your palliative care support team comprises doctors, nurses, chaplains, social workers and other specialists who work together with you to provide extra support.
Your care team can help:
- Facilitate close communication between you and your physician team, as well as nurses and specialists.
- Offer medical assessments and symptom management to help reduce pain, nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath and anxiety.
- Improve the ability to tolerate medical treatments and fain the strength to live a productive daily life.
- Explain treatment options and the decision making process regarding care.
- Navigate the healthcare process.
- Lend emotional and spiritual support.