Palliative care provides support for patients facing debilitating chronic diseases and life-threatening illnesses. It’s an important part of the patient-focused care that our team provides. Palliative care is used in conjunction with the physician’s plan of care, not in place of it.
As part of our team approach to care, our patients can receive this specialized service at all stages of their illness, while they are receiving their treatments at our offices, and during follow-up care. Palliative Care Practitioners are experts with pain and symptom relief, as well as understanding and coordinating patients’ care.
The proven benefits of palliative care show that it improves quality of life for patients. Our goal is to help manage a patient’s side effects, reduce their anxiety and depression, and provide effective pain control. An important goal of palliative care is to help patients remain independent and live a full life, staying as active as possible while fighting their illness. It has been proven to increase life expectancy.
Palliative care provides emotional support to patients and their families when they are faced with difficult decisions about goals of care and complex treatment choices. It has been proven to decrease emergency room visits, hospital admissions and readmissions, and keeping patients in their home where they are most comfortable, for as long as possible.
Nobody goes through cancer alone.
Cancer is an illness that not only affects a patient who is fighting the disease, but their family as well. Palliative care helps them all to identify and understand what the patient’s wishes are and what the goals for their care are. Help is also available with navigating the sometimes-difficult conversations about advance care planning and the importance of having advance directives to help guide caregivers in honoring the patient’s wishes during treatment and at the end of life.
Is Palliative Care the same as Hospice?
Palliative Care is different than hospice care. It can be offered at any stage of any illness, while hospice care is used during the last stages of life for patients who are ready to discontinue life-prolonging or curative treatments.