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Palliative Care Services

Bridges Palliative Care shifts the healthcare focus back to the person, not just the disease.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and their family. Palliative care is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s medical providers to offer an extra layer of support. Palliative care is based on the needs of the patient, not on the patient’s prognosis. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment.

Palliative Care Improves Quality of Life and Lowers Symptom Burden

Palliative care specialists improve quality of life for the patients whose needs are most complex. Working in partnership with the primary physician, the Palliative care team provides:

  • Time to devote to intensive family meetings and patient/family
    counseling
  • Skilled communication about what to expect in the future in order
    to ensure that care is matched to the goals and priorities of the
    patient and the family
  • Expert management of complex physical and emotional
    symptoms, including complex pain, depression, anxiety, fatigue,
    shortness of breath, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, and
    difficulty sleeping
  • Coordination and communication of care plans among all
    providers and across all settings

Numerous studies show that Palliative care significantly improves patient quality of life and lowers symptom burden. Apart from being the right thing to do for patients, this improved quality of life also means that an encounter with the health care system is less stressful and traumatic for families.

If Palliative Care seems right for you or your loved one, please contact us today.
We’re here to guide and support you in your illness.