Dealing with the symptoms of a painful or serious illness is difficult. A special kind of care, palliative (pal-lee-uh-tiv) care or comfort care can help. Palliative care offers relief from troubling conditions, helping patients live more comfortably and enjoy improved quality of life. It can help manage many conditions - pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, sleep problems, side effects from treatments and other symptoms. Our care team works with each patient's primary health care provider and can coexist with other treatments that have been prescribed.
Palliative care provides:
- Expert treatment of pain and other symptoms for the best relief possible
- Open discussion about treatment choices, including disease treatment and symptom management
- Coordination of care with all of a patient's health care providers
- Emotional support for the patient and family
It may be time for palliative care if you or your loved one:
- Suffers from pain or other symptoms because of serious illness
- Experiences physical or emotional pain that is not under control
- Needs help understanding the situation of an illness and how to coordinate the needed care
For more information or to make an appointment, visit our list of palliative care specialists. For driving directions, view our map of locations.