Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families when facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering.
We can address these needs with an experienced team of specially trained physicians, nurse practitioners, physicians, nurses, social workers, nutritionalists, counselers and chaplains. Our team works with your doctor to provide the best possible care.
Is Palliative Care the same as hospice care?
No, hospice care is meant specifically for those approaching the last stage of life. Palliative care is appropriate for all stages of a serious illness.
Who benefits from Palliative Care?
- Anyone who has a serious illness affecting their quality of life or causing them significant discomfort
- Anyone who has questions about their treatment plan or needs additional support
When is the right time for Palliative Care?
Palliative Care helps during all stages of serious illness. It is best introduced early, alongside curative treatment.
How and where can I get Palliative Care?
To begin palliative care, ask your doctor for a referral. We currently are accepting referrals for patients in our Intensive Care Units at SGMC.