Relief of pain, stress and discomfort
Palliative care is a special branch of medicine for the relief of pain, stress and discomfort in the seriously ill. It is very broad in scope. The discomfort can be physical. The pain can be emotional. Or the stress can be spiritual.
Support for patients and families
Massage, medication, education, counseling. These are all tools in the palliative toolkit. Family members can also benefit from education about managing symptoms and counseling regarding their own needs and feelings.
Living life to its fullest
The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life so the seriously ill and their families can spend their time and energy focused on the activities they love.
Palliative care is appropriate for all ages and all stages of a serious illness.
Continue with curative care
You do not have to give up the quest for a cure. You can continue curative care while enrolled in a palliative care program.
Help with treatment decisions
Think of palliative care as an extra layer of support where the team offers information and guidance for complex medical decisions. The palliative care team will work with your family to create a plan of care based on your relative’s personal goals.
If you think your family would benefit from palliative care, ask your doctor to write a prescription. Or give us a call at 814-333-7000 to learn more.