Palliative Care improves the quality of life for patients and families facing a serious or chronic illness – whatever the diagnosis or prognosis. Our Palliative care program provides additional support by assigning a team that addresses the physical, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual concerns associated with serious and chronic conditions.
- Provide relief from pain and other distressing symptoms.
- Integrate the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care.
- Use an interdisciplinary approach to address the needs of patients and their families.
- Offer a support system to help patients live as actively as possible throughout the course of the illness.
- Enhance quality of life and may also positively influence the course of the illness.
Who Needs Palliative Care
About half of all Americans live with at least one chronic illness, and that number is projected to increase more than one percent per year by 2030. Palliative Care is specialized medical care that is applicable early in the course of illness in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to cure an illness or prolong life, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgical interventions, etc.
Some examples of diagnosis that may be appropriate include, but are not limited to:
- Metastatic Cancer
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Liver Disease