What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is an interdisciplinary method of patient care focused on patients with serious or life-threatening illnesses and their families. The goal of palliative care is to help patients live with comfort and dignity, maintaining a quality of life, reducing the burden of their illness and relieve suffering. Palliative care is part of the overall care provided by hospice.

Benefits of Palliative Care

It has been shown that selecting palliative care early in the course of a life threatening or progressive illness can improve the quality of life for patients with a terminal or life threatening health issue. Palliative care decreases the rate of depression and may even provide longer life.

Other benefits include:

•Overall pain symptom control

•Reduced stress

•More organized plans of care and tailored treatment to the patient's changing needs.

•Patients who elect palliative care decrease hospital admissions and emergency room visits and decrease remissions.

•Patients endure fewer invasive or aggressive treatments.