What is Palliative Care
Palliate means to ease - and the focus of our palliative care program is to ease the pain and symptoms resulting from advanced illness. These illnesses may include heart disease, pulmonary disease, alzheimer’s disease and cancer, however Palliative Care is offered to patients with any serious condition, at any stage of life, who can benefit from the services of our specialized care team.
Palliative care provides treatment for our patients’ symptoms, even when the underlying disease cannot be cured. We also strive to reduce our patients’ and their family’s stress by providing support in making difficult treatment decisions. Our Palliative Care Program treats the whole person; addressing the patient’s medical, emotional, spiritual and social needs, and providing support for the family.
Palliative Care is provided by a specialized team of health care professionals, including a physician, nurse, social worker and chaplain. Our team works hand-in-hand with the patient’s primary care physician. Other disciplines, including physical therapy and case management may be included as necessary.