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 adds an extra of support by assigning a team that addresses the physical, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual concerns associated with serious and chronic conditions.
- Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms.
- Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care.
- Uses an interdisciplinary approach to address the needs of patients and their families.
- Offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible throughout the course of the illness.
- Enhances 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 on chronic illness and that number is projected to increase more than one percent per year by 2030, sixty percent are between the ages of 18 and 64. 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 maybe appropriate include, but not limited to:
- Metastatic Cancer
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Liver Disease