Palliative care helps people with a serious illness feel better; physically, emotionally and spiritually. It focuses on improving quality of life at any stage of illness. Patients may continue curative treatments during palliative care and move in and out of care as needed.
An example of palliative care is managing pain. Everyone deals with pain differently. We listen to patients, family members and doctors to ensure patients get the right level of relief at the right time.
- Managing pain to meet your goals for comfort and awareness
- Medical support for shortness of breath
- Help with fatigue and sleep problems
- Managing constipation
- Managing nausea or loss of appetite
- Reducing anxiety and depression
- Medical social services
- Spiritual care for patients and their families
Palliative care may begin as soon as someone is diagnosed with an illness. Palliative care consultations are typically covered by insurance or Medicare.