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For families facing serious illness, Palliative Care can provide pain relief, practical assistance and peace of mind.
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious - acute or chronic - or life-threatening illnesses and their families. It's a whole-person approach that provides patients relief from the symptoms, pain, and stresses of their condition - whatever the diagnosis. The larger goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Palliative care is not the same as hospice care, which focuses on end-of-life needs. Instead, palliative care can be provided along with curative treatment. Patients benefit from having an entire team of physicians, advanced practice nurses, social workers, chaplains and other specialists partnering with their other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Working collaboratively, these clinicians help treat patient's pain and suffering as well as other symptoms that affect that patient's experience of pain, such as nausea, anxiety and depression.
We also help patients and families face the complex psychosocial and spiritual issues that accompany serious illness through honest and empathic conversations.
It's this dual attention to both physical symptoms and psychosocial distress that is the heart and soul of palliative care.
St. Anthony Hospital provides palliative care for patients of all ages and at any stage of illness from cancer, stroke, cardiac and respiratory disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer's, AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and more.
To request the addition of palliative care services, please call 720-321-1590 to speak with a palliative care team member.
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