If you’re coping with a serious illness like cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or heart disease, get expert treatment for the symptoms and side effects of the disease as well as emotional and spiritual support to ease the stress of your illness.
How Palliative Care Helps
The goal of palliative care is to improve your quality of life while living with a life-threatening illness. Palliative care can help you:
- Understand your condition
- Explore your treatment options
- Communicate with your care team
- Cope with the emotional and spiritual needs
- Manage your pain
- Create advance directives
Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice
Both palliative care and hospice help improve the quality of life and provide support for you and your family. While hospice care is generally only given at the end of life, palliative care is for those trying to cure, slow, or manage their disease – regardless of life expectancy or prognosis.
Is Palliative Care Right for Me?
You may be interested in palliative care if a chronic or life-threatening illness, such as:
A Team Approach
Rely on your palliative care team to help address your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Your team may include medical providers, nurses, dieticians, social workers, chaplains, respiratory therapists, and pharmacists.