Palliative care focuses on individuals quality of life when you are diagnosed with serious illness such as cancer, heart disease, kidney failure, lung disease, AIDS, cystic fibrosis, ALS, dementia, etc. Palliative care composed of group of professionals including MD, RN, social worker, nutritionist, pharmacist, chaplain and counsellors. They work together as a team to provide you with personalize care. Their common goal is to relieve you from pain, suffering, discomfort and stress of your illness so you can improve your quality of life. They will provide emotional support to you and your families or find the support you needed. Palliative care doesn’t replace treatment but it can be initiated in conjunction with treatment plan. It does not affect your code status or alter your advance health care directives. Palliative care ensures that treatment is inline with your wishes.
Palliative care is not a hospice care. Palliative care can start at diagnosis while hospice care starts at the end of treatment. Accepting you have the disease is the first step, knowing you
are not alone is second. Brochure is attached to learn more about it.
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