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What is Palliative Care?

How Can Palliative Care Help Me?

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How Can Palliative Care Help Me?

Palliative care is provided to people who are facing serious illness and their families. This specialized care is aimed at relieving suffering and helping patients and  providing their families all possible treatment options, with special emphasis on managing the pain or symptoms that may accompany serious illness.

A wide variety of patients can benefit from palliative care including: those who have been diagnosed with a complex, serious illness who desire relief from pain or symptoms associated with the disease; those who need to make difficult decisions about how to proceed with care and treatment; and those who need assistance with communication issues related to care and treatment can all benefit from palliative care.

Palliative care may be provided at any stage of the illness and at the same time as curative treatments. Typically, palliative care is provided by a team of professionals that may include physicians, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists and dietitians. The professionals that make up the team depend on the needs of the patient and their family.

Treating diagnoses include cancer, heart disease, kidney failure, respiratory disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis and others. Palliative care might also be appropriate for anyone who has had multiple hospitalizations or Emergency Department.

Palliative care treats and may relieve symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping. The goal is to help you gain the strength to carry on with daily life. It improves your ability to tolerate medical treatments, and it helps you to better understand your choices for care.

Palliative care may be provided in a variety of healthcare settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, assisted living facilities or out-patient clinics. For some individuals, it may be switching from one setting to another that contributes to confusion and poor communication. With palliative care in place, there is increased likelihood of enhanced communication resulting in the development of the most effective treatment plan.

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