Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with serious illness. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and social workers. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a serious illness.
Palliative care is often associated with hospice and end of life care. While most patients seen by palliative care have a serious or advanced illness, the palliative care team most often works alongside other medical teams to provide quality care for patients who are receiving life-sustaining or restorative treatments. In addition to assessing and treating patients with serious illnesses, we also help patients and their families make difficult medical decisions.