When you have a serious illness such as cancer, COPD, CHF or Parkinson’s disease, day-to-day life can be difficult. It can be hard to have a good day. Palliative Care can provide you with the support and relief you need to have more good days.
Palliative Care is provided by a specially-trained team that works together to improve quality of life for you and your family. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a serious illness and is provided along with all other treatment for that illness.
What Can You Expect?
Your Palliative Care team is made up of medical and social service professionals who communicate with your primary care doctor. They will spend time getting to know you so they can understand your goals and help you make healthcare choices that will achieve those goals.
Palliative Care includes relief from pain, stress and other symptoms, such as shortness of breath, anxiety, nausea, poor appetite and fatigue. You will receive guidance in making important and sometimes difficult healthcare decisions.
This means you can:
- Understand your illness better
- Talk openly about your feelings
- Decide what treatment you want or don’t want
- Communicate better with your doctors, nurses and family
- Have visits right in your own home or at DMC Primary Care
Palliative Care goes beyond your illness and provides an extra layer of support for you as a whole person, as well as your loved ones.