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Hospital Medicine

Palliative Care

In cases of advanced illness, people need an additional level of care and support which palliative care provides. Palliative care can begin at any point of a patient’s journey with serious illness and helps patients live as long and as well as possible. 

Palliative care helps patients with an advanced illness experience the best possible quality of life in their circumstance. Palliative caregivers help guide patients and their families through the confusion and fear that come with a serious illness; help patients and families review their options based on their own values; and see to it the choices they make are shared and respected.

By supporting patients and families in their time of need, palliative care plays a growing role in the care plan for those with advanced illness.

Palliative caregivers aid patients in family in countless ways. For example, they:

  • Work with the primary medical team to help keep the patient as pain free as possible.
  • Act as an advocate for the patient and family.
  • Give comfort, guidance, and support to patients and their families.
  • Enhance communication between clinical care teams and families during this emotional time.
  • Let patients and families know what to expect and help them prepare.
  • Preserve the patient's dignity at every stage of an advanced illness.

Each patient and family has different needs, but one thing never changes: Palliative care is dedicated to creating the best possible quality of life for each person and their loved ones.