Palliative care is specialized care that focuses on the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patients with serious illness or injury, and their families.
Palliative care can be provided at any age and at any stage in the chronic illness, along with other medical treatments. This type of care promotes comfort, dignity and quality of life. Palliative care is different from hospice care, which focuses on end-of-life-care.
You can benefit from palliative care when:
Hospice care is an end-of-life support service that focuses on caring, not curing.
Palliative care can be provided at any time during the course of a serious illness or injury at the same time as medical treatment.
If you or your family thinks that palliative care would be helpful, please ask your physician or nurse for a consult.
The palliative care team includes physicians, nurse practitioners and registered nurses, social workers and chaplains. They provide guidance and support during: