What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is supportive care for individuals with advanced illness. The focus of palliative care is to effectively manage pain and other symptoms in individuals with a serious life-limiting illness. The goal of palliative care is to provide comfort and improve quality of life aligned with the patient’s wishes. Palliative care also provides information to help patients cope with serious physical illness and successfully manage their stress.
Harbor Palliative Consultants are specialists in pain and symptom management. A Certified Palliative Care Physician, working closely with the patient’s attending physician, can help individuals better manage their symptoms.
Palliative care can help patients and their families achieve a better quality of life.
Supportive Care for YOU
Anyone can initiate a palliative care referral, but it does require a physician’s order to be covered by insurance. Please contact your healthcare provider or Harbor Palliative Consultants and we will assist in the process for evaluation.
The core purpose of Palliative Care is to match the patient’s goals with their treatments. Individuals with a serious life-limiting illness face difficult and complex choices. Harbor Palliative Consultants will work with patients and families in a respectful way to help set goals that are designed to provide the best possible quality of life.
How to Know if Palliative Care is the Answer
Palliative Care may be beneficial if a person is suffering from pain, stress and symptoms caused by a life-limiting illness. Examples may include kidney failure, advanced respiratory or cardiac disease, advanced dementia, stroke, cancer, AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis-ALS.
Pain and Symptom Management
We consult with patient’s attending physician to assure that symptoms are relieved and pain is treated effectively and compassionately. We do this using both traditional and alternative pain management approaches.
Another focus of palliative care is to enhance each patient’s quality of life. We offer recommendations for treatment of symptoms such as nausea, restlessness, constipation, shortness of breath and anxiety, which often accompany a serious life-limiting illness.