Palliative care is comprehensive treatment of the symptoms and stress of serious illness. It does not replace your primary treatment; palliative care works together with the primary treatment you're receiving. You do not give up your own doctor in order to get palliative care. The palliative care team works with your doctor. The goal is to prevent and ease the suffering and stress associated with your illness and to improve your quality of life.
The word "palliative" has roots in the Latin verb meaning "to cloak or protect." The members of the palliative care team at Middlesex Health understand the critical decisions patients and families are faced with when dealing with a serious illness. Palliative care can provide the social and spiritual support that assists you in having in-depth communication with your family about your goals, your concerns, and your treatment options. It can also improve communication between you and your healthcare providers.
Live your life more comfortably
Palliative care provides relief from symptoms, including:
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
- Problems with sleep
- Other symptoms as necessary
Your palliative care team will work together with your healthcare providers to provide pain and symptom control throughout your treatment. As a result, your ability to tolerate medical treatments is increased. Palliative care team members coordinate your care among all of your healthcare providers. They are there for you when you are admitted into the hospital and when you need home care services. Through this coordination, you are able to carry on with daily living. Furthermore, team members provide practical, emotional, and spiritual support to you and your family. Your palliative care team is a 24-hour support across the health care continuum.