When you’re in the hospital with a serious illness, you’ll have many questions about your condition and may face difficult decisions regarding your care. Disabling physical symptoms or overwhelming emotions can also drain the strength and inner resources you need to fight your illness and make choices that are right for you.
Our team—which includes a physician, an advanced practice nurse, social workers, chaplains, and other professionals—will support your individual goals, whether you wish to live more comfortably or hope for a cure or longer life. We work closely with your doctor to provide compassionate care, including:
- Treatment of pain and other symptoms, such as fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, and shortness of breath
- Help navigating the healthcare system
- Guidance with medical treatment options
- Information and assistance regarding healthcare proxy and durable power of attorney
- Home care or hospice coordination and referral
- Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family
When is palliative medicine appropriate?
Palliative medicine can help at any stage of a serious illness, and can be given while you’re getting treatments aimed at curing your disease. It can also continue as long as you have distressing symptoms. Early palliative treatment can prevent and relieve your pain, improve your tolerance to medical treatments, and enhance your quality of life.
How do I access palliative medicine?
If you or a loved one is in the hospital, ask your doctor for a referral to the palliative medicine team. We’ll work with your doctor to help you and your family plan for the highest possible comfort and quality of life in the hospital and at home.
For more information about Palliative Medicine, visit getpalliativecare.org.