About This Specialty
Palliative Care is a medical specialty focused on caring for people with serious illnesses. It is appropriate for patients undergoing treatment for curable illnesses, those living with chronic diseases and patients who are nearing the end of life. The goals of palliative care are to provide relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of serious illness, as well as improve the quality of life for patients and families.
Our specialists work with other disciplines, including pharmacists, nurses, chaplains, social workers, psychologists and other health professionals to determine a plan of care that addresses the physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs of each patient.
Some of the conditions we treat include:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Cardiac disease, such as congestive heart failure
- Parkinson’s disease
- Pulmonary conditions, like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Our Care Team
Before Your Appointment Use This Checklist
- Write down any questions that you may have.
- Put your questions in order of importance so that you are sure to cover the most important question first.
- Bring a list of other health care professionals that have taken care of you since your last visit—include any specialists, hospitalizations or ER visits.
- Write down the medications that you are taking, or bring all the bottles with you to the appointment, including over-the-counter and herbal remedies.