What is Palliative Care?
Palliative Care is a medical specialty that is dedicated to helping patients and their loved ones cope with serious illness. The team members help explore goals of care by discussions of the disease, treatment options, and ensuring your needs and wishes are honored. Palliative care providers are experts at assessing, anticipating, and alleviating bothersome symptoms which affect an individual’s quality of life.
Entering Palliative Care or Hospice Care
The decision to enter hospice or palliative care is typically made in conjunction with your doctor, and the type of services available depends on the level of care you require and whether you’re still attempting medical treatment.
Hospice and palliative care patients are referred by a health care provider, and you can speak to your doctor about whether palliative care and hospice services are right for you.
Treatment Options in Palliative Care
Since palliative care is designed for a patient who’s decided to continue trying to treat a specific disease, it’s available to anyone who’s been diagnosed with a serious illness. These patients can continue seeking a cure for their disease while also receiving palliative care services to manage pain and other symptoms. Curative treatments are provided in conjunction with symptom relief, assistance with personal care, and emotional support.