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Your Care Team - Palliative Care

Helping Those Who Are Seriously Ill

Palliative care is a specialized care that uses a team approach to improve the quality of life of a patient who is seriously ill. Palliative care supports the patient and his or her family before and after treatment. It addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual needs that arise when a person is very ill.

Palliative care teams serve:

  • Patients with chronic illnesses or conditions that affect daily living
  • Patients with illnesses that may be successfully treated, but result in a poor quality of life
  • Terminally ill patients

Patients may have these conditions:

  • Advanced heart and lung disease
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Trauma resulting in severe disability
  • ALS and other neurodegenerative disorders
  • Kidney disease

What the palliative care team provides:

  • Partnership with your physicians
  • Relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
  • A coordinated approach to addressing physical, emotional and spiritual suffering
  • Open discussions about treatment options of your condition and management of symptoms
  • Support to improve the quality of your life
  • A celebration of life, while also regarding dying as a normal process when that time comes
  • Advocacy for you

You may wish to seek palliative care if you or your loved one

  • Suffers from pain or other symptoms due to illness
  • Experiences physical, emotional or spiritual suffering that is not under control
  • Need help understanding your condition and coordinating your care

Palliative team members may include:

  • Palliative care nurse practitioner
  • Palliative care physician
  • Chaplain
  • Social worker
  • Any others who might be helpful in improving your care and comfort, such as nurses, care managers, pharmacists, nutritionists, physical or occupational therapists and support staff

For more information about palliative care, call 207-795-7575.

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