What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care focuses on caring for patients knowing their illness cannot be cured.
Our approach begins with what is important to them as people, what makes them feel good about themselves, and uses a variety of therapies to relieve the pain, symptoms and stress that accompany serious illness.
Palliative care is comfort care, making sure pain is controlled and families have the help and support they need.
It focuses on caring for patients rather than curing an illness and incorporates a variety of therapies to relieve pain and symptoms, such as medication, massage and music.
Why is Palliative Care Important?
People with serious diseases are often given choices for treatment during their disease process, such as radiation, chemotherapy, breathing machines or surgical procedures.
Some patients may have many hospital admissions in a year and may not respond or fully respond to the treatment they receive.
When the burdens of treating an illness outweigh the benefits, the goal of a patient's care may change from curing to comfort so he or she can enjoy the time remaining and achieve personal goals at the end of life.
As the patient nears the end of life, palliative care may extend to involve hospice care if they patient and his or her family wish.