Palliative care offers relief from pain, symptoms, and stress of serious illness, whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to prevent and relieve suffering and provide the best quality of life for patients and their families.
The palliative care team works with the patient’s doctors, nurses and other care providers to provide compassionate care at times of critical need. The team helps patients and families identify goals of care, provide guidance for difficult treatment choices and assists with advance care planning.
Services provided by palliative care:
- Manage difficult symptoms associated with illness
- Manage side effects associated with current treatment
- Address changing goals of care
- Help patients consider care options and make decisions about quality of life
- Help interpret the benefits/burdens of care (tests, surgeries, radiation)
- Enhance patient and family support
- Provide spiritual and emotional support
- Assist with advance care planning (living wills and appointing a decision maker)
- Assist with discharge planning, home care, extended care or hospice
- Grief counseling and bereavement support