Palliative care is a type of specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing symptom management, relief of pain and the stress of a serious illness no matter what the diagnosis. It is appropriate for patients of all ages and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided alongside all other appropriate curative treatments.
Palliative care is provided by a team of physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains who work with a patient’s other physicians to provide an extra layer of support. Other team members may include pharmacists and other complementary care professionals.
CHI St. Alexius Health offers inpatient palliative care and also outpatient palliative care through the Supportive Care Clinic.
Together with the patient, family and primary physician, the palliative care team:
|Quality of Life
The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for patients and their families. Palliative care treats people suffering from serious and chronic illness, including, but not limited to:
Palliative care focuses on physical symptoms, improving a patient’s ability to tolerate medical treatments and have the strength to carry on with daily life. Those symptoms include:
When is the Right Time?
Difference between Palliative Care and Hospice
What if I have more questions about Hospice?
How will my primary care provider or specialist know about what we discuss at this clinic?