Palliative Care is field in health care that focuses on the quality of life for patients and their families who are dealing with chronic diseases. These diseases can include congestive heart failure, chronic pulmonary disease and cancer. Palliative Care is given at the same time patients receive treatment of their disease. Palliative Care can help with the patient’s physical, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual needs.
Palliative Care cares for the whole person by providing patient centered and family-oriented care. It works to help patients and their families better understand their disease, as well as procedure and treatment options and think about health care needs now and in the future.
It also helps to relieve symptoms that often are present for patients with these types of illnesses such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and trouble sleeping.
The goal of Palliative Care is to help patients experience the best quality of life and to support the people that care for them.
Palliative Care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work with the patient, their family and the patient’s primary physician to provide an extra layer of support to traditional medical care. That extra layer of support helps ensure patients and their families receive:
Patients and families who:
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