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What Is Palliative Care?

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is a compassionate service that helps provide relief from the pain and symptoms you or your loved one may be experiencing. No matter what condition you face, palliative care provides you with the best quality of life, wherever you are in your treatment journey. 

Improves Quality of Life

Palliative care is designed to ease the comfort and stress of living with a serious illness, such as cancer, cardiac disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, kidney failure, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and many more. 

When you or a loved one are spending more time at the hospital than in the comfort of your own home, it can dramatically decrease your quality of life. Less time is spent with your loved ones, and you are unable to do the things you love most. With palliative care, patients receive quality care that focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness while being in a comfortable environment, surrounded by loved ones. 

Treats Pain and Symptoms

To ensure optimal comfort and a high quality of life during treatment, palliative care teams address the following symptoms:

  • Pain or discomfort
  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Lack of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sleep problems 

Works With Your Other Doctors

Palliative care is provided by a multidisciplinary team that includes doctors, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, and chaplains. Palliative care teams work together with you, your family, and your doctors to provide an extra layer of support. The palliative care team also will ensure that your treatment choices align with your health goals. 

Other doctors focus on your general health or treating your condition. Whereas palliative doctors concentrate on treating your condition, alleviating suffering, improving your quality of life, and helping you and your loved ones cope with the stress of your illness. 

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At Pallatus Health, our caring clinicians work as a team with the patient and their family to develop a treatment program that works for them. Get started with us today and schedule an appointment!

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