Palliative care is specialized medical care for people who have a serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of that illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for the patient and his or her family.
Palliative care is provided by a specially trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with the patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support.
Palliative care is appropriate at any age and stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment.
When should you seek palliative care?
Palliative care is beneficial for patients of any age if they're suffering from:
- Serious brain conditions, such as stroke, dementia or ALS
- Heart, lung, liver, kidney or vascular disease
- Life-threatening accidents
- Other serious or life-limiting illness
Providing multiple layers of support
Palliative care includes a team of specialists who collaborate with you, your family and your referring physician to tailor treatment plans. The team includes:
- Nurse practitioners
- Social worker
Supporting the whole you
ProHealth Care’s palliative care team focuses on you as a whole person, providing physical, emotional and spiritual support including:
- Symptom management – expert attention to and relief from distressing physical symptoms like pain, breathing difficulties, nausea, fatigue, appetite loss and sleep issues
- Information sharing – helping you understand what to expect from the illness itself, available treatment options and the effect of those options on the course of your disease
- Effective communication – carefully listening to your goals, values and wishes and communicating those wishes to all involved in your care
- Caring support – helping you make important preparations now, like advance care planning, for peace of mind later
Talk with your health care provider to see whether you may benefit from palliative care or contact us directly at 262-928-4898. Most insurance companies cover these services.