Palliative Care

If you are hospitalized at St. Mary’s and suffering from a serious, ongoing health problem, your doctor may suggest palliative care to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care can provide relief from distressing symptoms of serious illness and side effects of medical treatment that can affect your quality of life and rob you of energy and motivation to pursue the things you enjoy. Discuss the benefits of palliative care with your doctor.

Because palliative care can address many aspects of illness, it involves a team of professionals from different disciplines. Depending on the patient’s needs, they may receive assistance from specially trained palliative care doctors and nurses, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists, nutritionists, or counselors.

Palliative care may be right for those experiencing physical symptoms and/or emotional distress related to living with a serious illness such as:

  • cancer
  • heart disease
  • lung disease
  • kidney failure
  • liver failure
  • AIDS
  • cystic fibrosis
  • dementia

Good candidates for palliative care are those suffering from a serious illness who:

  • require frequent emergency room visits,
  • are admitted to the hospital multiple times (three or more times in 12 months) with the same symptoms,
  • have reached a point where treatment has become challenging, or
  • have eating problems associated with their illness.

Click here to download a Palliative Care Services one-sheet.