Chapters Health Palliative Medicine
Providing supportive care, disease education and pain management for people with serious illness and complex symptoms.
Improving Quality of Life with Palliative Medicine
Facing an advanced illness can be overwhelming on many levels. Palliative medicine can help by easing pain and managing complex symptoms.
What is palliative medicine?
Palliative medicine focuses on providing relief from the complex symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve the quality of life for both you and your family.
What is the difference between palliative medicine and hospice?
Palliative medicine is NOT the same as hospice care. Palliative medicine can be provided at any age and at any stage of a serious illness. It can be offered at the same time you are being cared for and will not disrupt your treatment plan. Palliative medicine is available for patients regardless of life expectancy.
Hospice cares for patients who are diagnosed with terminal illnesses with a six month or less prognosis and are no longer seeking curative treatment.
How does palliative medicine help?
Palliative medicine addresses the whole person. It helps you carry on with your daily life and improve your ability to go through medical treatments. It also helps you better understand your condition and your choices for medical care. In short, palliative medicine helps you focus on the best possible quality of life.
Palliative medicine can help you get relief from symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping.
Who provides palliative medicine to patients?
Palliative medicine is provided by a specially trained team of doctors, nurse practitioners, social workers and chaplains. The palliative care team works together with your own doctor to offer an additional layer of support for you and your family.
While your primary care physician focuses on disease-specific treatments, our team addresses pain and symptom management. Together, we can offer:
- Effective symptom management
- Wide range of education to make informed decisions
- Guidance with advance directives and complicated treatment choices
- Emotional and spiritual assistance
- Coordination of care with other providers and/or services
- Help with community resources
Do I have to change doctors?
No. The palliative medicine team works with and supports your current physician to develop appropriate care goals.
Can I afford Chapters Health Palliative Medicine? How do I pay for it?
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Is palliative medicine right for you or a loved one?
If you suffer from pain or other distressing symptoms due to a chronic or serious illness, palliative medicine may be right for you. Palliative medicine addresses the whole person and can help you better understand your medical care options.
I have more questions. Where do I go to learn more about Chapters Health Palliative Medicine?
For more information about Chapters Health Palliative Medicine or to speak with the team about a referral, call 1-813-871-8200 or Contact Us.