When you need relief
- From pain.
- From other symptoms, such as fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite and shortness of breath.
- From stress.
- The goal is to improve quality of life for both you and your family.
You need to better understand your condition and choices for care. You need to improve your ability to tolerate medical treatments. And, you and your family need to be able to carry on with everyday life. In short, you want to feel better, feel supported and have more control over your care.
- any age
- any stage of an illness
- It can be provided along with treatments that are meant to cure.
- Provides expert treatment of symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and many other symptoms
- Devotes time to listen to you, answer your questions about your disease and treatment options and matching treatments to your individual goals
- Helps to coordinate and share information with all of your other doctors and health providers.
Anyone suffering from a serious illness
can benefit from palliative medicine.
These illnesses include, but are not limited to, cancer, cardiac disease such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), dementia, kidney failure, Alzheimer's, HIV/AIDS and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Palliative medicine helps people gain the strength to carry on with daily life and improves the ability to tolerate medical treatments. It also enables patients to have more control over their care by improving their understanding of treatment options. (Resource: www.getpalliativecare.org)
Transitions is a community service program for those not physically or psychologically ready for hospice. Transitions clients may still be receiving active treatment for their illness, and receive support by phone or visits, and connection with community resources.