HealthEast Palliative Care treats the physical and emotional symptoms you may experience during a serious or life-limiting illness.
We can discuss difficult decisions with you and your family and help you maintain the best quality of life possible.
What types of patients benefit from Palliative Care?
- Serious or life-threatening illnesses
- Symptoms of disease or side effects of treatment such as pain, breathlessness, nausea, fatigue or depression
- Symptoms of declining health
- Illnesses that have required more than two hospitalizations within three months
- Questions about complex decision making or wanting to discuss goals of care
Which diseases/diagnoses often benefit from Palliative Care?
Among others, Palliative Care helps patients with a diagnosis of serious illnesses, such as:
- Severe heart disease
- Severe lung disease
- Severe liver or kidney disease
- Severe neurological disease
What can Palliative Care offer you?
- Treatment of difficult-to-control symptoms
- Help with working through concerns or anxieties
- Help with thinking about goals of care, advance directives or difficult decision making
- Collaboration with your treating team to give you the best care possible
- Assistance with challenging family matters
Who makes up the Palliative Care team?
The HealthEast Palliative Care team consists of doctors, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners, clergy and social workers who dedicate their practice to Palliative Care. This team works in partnership with you and your primary treating providers, but does not assume the role or replace your primary doctor.
How does Palliative Care differ from Hospice Care?
Patients in any stage of a serious illness may benefit from seeing a Palliative Care consultant even when actively pursuing curative, life-prolonging treatments. Palliative Care helps patients enjoy a high quality of life through management of symptoms.
Hospice Care, by comparison, is a Medicare benefit for patients who are likely in their last six months of life, who have decided to forgo treatment of active disease and who have opted for comfort as their main goal of care. Hospice care provides symptom management and the best quality of life possible in a variety of settings.
How can I learn more about Palliative Care services?
Ask your clinician about obtaining a Palliative Care consultation. Palliative Care consultations are available to patients at all HealthEast hospitals:
You can also call HealthEast Palliative Care at 651-232-3350.