Improving the quality of life for both our patient and their family is of utmost importance to us. One way we do this is through our Palliative Care Program. Contrary to popular belief, palliative care is for the living, not the dying. The primary goal of palliative care is pain management, but we also provide relief for those suffering from other symptoms associated with serious illnesses such as fatigue, trouble breathing, nausea, and difficulty sleeping. We believe that by simply bettering our patients lives, as well as their family’s, the focus can shift to treatment of the illness and not be clouded by symptoms.
Palliative care is a medical specialty that supports the primary care physician's care of patients with serious and life-threatening illness. Palliative care is not in place of curative care.
Why the need for palliative care now?
Palliative care is in greater demand because it addresses stronger emphasis on quality of care and the stresses placed on the medical system from the growing aging population.
How can palliative care help the attending physician?
Physicians with seriously ill patients who require complex pain and symptom management or have a high demand for patient/family communication can refer to palliative care specialists. Palliative care programs offer attending physicians:
- Satisfied patients