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Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses that focuses on reducing symptoms, pain and stress – whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both patient and family.

An extra layer of support

Such care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other specialists who work with the patient’s doctors. Palliative care is an extra layer of support whereby the team can offer information and guidance for complex medical decisions. It is appropriate at any age or stage in a serious illness and can be provided with curative treatment.

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Palliative care specialists treat people suffering from serious and chronic illnesses, including cancer, cardiac disease such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and many more.

Our palliative care team provides a team approach to:
  • Expert pain and symptom management
  • Emotional and spiritual support
  • Family support
  • Care coordination between members of the health care team
  • Advance care planning
  • Community support