What is Palliative Care?
Palliative Care is specialized care for people with serious or life-limiting illnesses. By working with the patient’s physicians and caregivers, the palliative care teams focus on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal of palliative care is to improve the patient’s and family’s quality of life by providing an extra layer of support through a team of specially trained doctors, nurses and other specialists.
Palliative care is appropriate at any stage of a serious illness and can be provided as the main goal of care or along with curative treatment. Palliative care can be provided across multiple settings, such as the patient's home, skilled nursing facility, assisted living facility, hospital or most any other place a patient resides. Our palliative care teams provide symptom management, psycho-social, and spiritual support.
Palliative care is a tremendous benefit to many patients in our communities