Palliative care is any form of medical care or treatment that is designed to prevent and relieve pain and suffering, and to improve quality of life for people facing serious, complex illnesses. This can include psychological and spiritual care and developing a support system to help the individual live as actively as possible. Our team of caregivers, which often includes a social worker or a counselor, can play a role in helping the patient and family cope with the symptoms of disease and illness in ways other than medical/pharmacological intervention.
Today, palliative care is provided not only for cancer patients, but also for those who are experiencing chronic, progressive pulmonary disorders, renal disease, chronic heart failure and progressive neurological conditions. Much of the work involves helping patients with complex or severe physical, psychological, social and spiritual problems.
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