Facing a serious illness can be an emotional and challenging experience. Palliative Care at Confluence Health is designed to assist you and your family through this difficult time. By providing information, compassion and support, we can help you make the most informed decisions about your medical care. Palliative Care helps ensure that seriously ill patients receive the highest level of coordinated care possible. Confluence Health Palliative care helps assist patients and families in facing the many issues that come with a serious illness. Our Palliative Care staff can help to coordinate care that is focused on achieving the best quality of life possible.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. It focuses on proving relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for patient and the family. Palliative care is an extra layer of support for patients and is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be integrated with curative treatment.
Palliative care services are available at any time after diagnosis of a serious illness.
Your doctor can request a consultation with our Palliative Care team.
What is the difference between palliative care and hospice care?
Both palliative care and hospice care provide comfort. But palliative care can begin at diagnosis, and at the same time as treatment. Hospice care concentrates on comfort rather than life prolonging treatment and getting the most out of the time you have left. You must generally be considered terminal or within 6 months of death and the focus is on quality of life vs. quantity.