Palliative care helps people feel better by addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual problems that may arise with a serious illness. It can also reduce or eliminate the side effects from treatment.
Effective palliative care starts with a conversation about the patient's goals and wishes. For example, people experience pain differently. Listening throughout the palliative care journey ensures our team manages pain and side effects to a level acceptable to the patient and their family.
While receiving palliative care, patients can remain under the care of their regular doctor to receive treatment to cure their disease. We've created a table to help you understand the difference between hospice and palliative care?
Referrals to palliative care are most common from these conditions:
- Heart disease
- COPD and other lung diseases
- Kidney failure
- Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
- ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)