Palliative Care is appropriate for a patient at any age and at any stage of a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatments.
How Palliative Care Can Help
The Palliative Care team includes doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, chaplains and pharmacists. They will listen to the hopes, wishes, values and goals of the patient and family. The conversation will include the likely course of the illness and care options for management of:
- pain and other symptoms
- medication and care setting
- caregiver coping and patient care needs
Palliative care visits are arranged for you and your loved one’s convenience in the home, assisted living facility, skilled nursing facility or at the clinic.
How to get palliative care
If you are interested in receiving palliative care for your illness, the first step is to speak with the health care provider who is treating you. They can make a referral to the palliative care team.