Understanding Palliative Care

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Understanding Palliative Care


Palliative Care is specialized medical care for people with chronic, serious illnesses. Palliative Care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness - whatever the diagnosis.

The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative Care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers and other specialists who work with the patient's existing doctors.

Palliative Medicine of Acadiana is an extra layer of support that can provide information, guidance and support for complex situations and decisions. Palliative Care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment.

Supports people holistically: medically, physically, emotionally and socially
Evaluates situation from multiple angles for best possible treatment
Helps coordinate patient's care and navigates a complex medical system
Palliative consultations and treatments are often covered by insurance

When is Palliative Care appropriate?