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What you should know about Palliative Care
Palliative Care is specialized medical care for people with advanced chronic illnesses. It is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of an advanced chronic illness-whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both patients and families.
Palliiative Care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, chaplains and other specialists who work together with a patient's other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.
How to decide if Palliative Care is
right for you or your loved one.
If you have one or more advanced chronic illnesses such as:
If you have symptoms that make it difficult to be as active as you would like to be, or impact your quality of life.
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Emphysema or Lung Disease
- Kidney Failure
- Liver Failure
- Neurological Diseases (e.g., ALS, Parkinson's etc.)
These symptoms include:
- Pain or discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Lack of appetite
MedCentral Palliative Care in the Intensive Care Unit
Having a family member in the intensive care unit can be a very scary time. Things happen quickly, and patients and their families often face many challenges. This can be very stressful for the patient and the family. Not knowing what to expect and feeling fearful are common.
For some patients, the Palliative Care team is an appropriate resource and your doctor may consult this team. The team provides a group of caregivers who can meet with the patient and the family to answer some key questions. They can get to know the patient's needs better, and together with family and the patient, decide what the most appropriate ongoing care would be.
To learn more please call:
MedCentral Mansfield Hospital
335 Glessner Avenue
Mansfield, Ohio 44903
MedCentral Shelby Hospital
199 West Main Street
Shelby, Ohio 44875
Last updated August 16, 2013