Palliative Care

Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with severe illnesses like cancer or heart failure. It focuses on treating the symptoms of a condition to provide pain relief to help improve a patient’s quality of life. It is meant to enhance a person’s current care and is not intended to replace personal care services at senior living. Palliative care enhances a person’s current care by focusing on their quality of life and their family.

Anyone living with a severe illness, such as heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer, forms of dementia such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, and many other types of illnesses, may receive this care. Palliative care can be helpful at any stage of a disease, but it’s most beneficial for patients soon after they’re diagnosed.

When palliative care starts in the beginning stages of an illness, it can add peace of mind for residents and their families. It can also help them avoid unnecessary travel to hospitals, clinics, and emergency rooms, where they often wait long before receiving treatment. Palliative care at senior living adds comfort.

Palliative Care Offers:

  • Pain

  • Nausea

  • Loss of appetite and nutritional needs

  • Shortness of breath

  • Fatigue/insomnia

  • Constipation

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

Care Management for Patients, Families, and Caregivers:

  • Explaining treatment options

  • Providing education

  • Coordinating resources for additional non-medical services

  • Advocating and communicating patient’s wishes to medical professionals

  • Emotional support resources

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