Having a chronic or life-threatening medical condition can test you physically, emotionally and spiritually. Palliative care focuses on helping you manage your disease so that you can live as comfortably and as fully as possible.
Unlike hospice, which is reserved for people nearing the end of life, palliative care at Providence is available to you at any stage of a serious illness. Many people receive our services while at the same time undergoing treatments intended to cure their condition.
Using a team approach, we focus on addressing all the needs you might have when you have a serious illness. These could be physical, intellectual, emotional, social or spiritual needs. Our team works closely with you, your family and others involved in your care to determine what’s most important to you and how we can help.
We can help you with:
- Decision making assistance — by providing you with important medical information and helping you clarify your goals of care
- Emotional and coping support — to address fear, anxiety, depression, grief and other emotions
- Spiritual and cultural support — to honor your religious and cultural values
- Symptom management— to reduce physical suffering from pain, fatigue and other issues caused by your condition