Palliative care is a medical specialty that is focused on improving your quality of life, not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well. By anticipating, preventing and treating pain, other symptoms and emotional distress, palliative care specialists can help reduce suffering.
The Palliative Care Team at Norwalk Hospital can provide expert pain and symptom management throughout the course of an illness; continuous coordination of care and communication with patients, families, and caregivers across specialties; and provide emotional and spiritual support for patients and families.
Palliative care services can be helpful for anyone with a chronic, debilitating disease – such as heart disease, autoimmune disorders and diabetes – not just for those with end-stage cancer.
The Palliative Team can:
- Provide expert pain and symptom management throughout the course of an illness
- Provide continuous coordination of care and communication with patients, families, and caregivers across the continuum of care (in the hospital, at home, in a nursing facility, in an assisted living facility, or at the Whittingham Cancer Center).
- Help navigate the healthcare system
- Provide emotional and spiritual support for patients and families
- Help improve the quality of life and comfort throughout the course of illness
- Offer advance care planning to document healthcare and end-of-life wishes
- Provide hospice care – a type of palliative care provided to patients and families in the final months of life.