What Does Palliative Care Provide?
The goal of palliative medicine is to bring comfort to patients with serious or chronic life-limiting illnesses. The term “palliative” means to lessen or relieve without curing. Palliative medicine practitioners at the Jewish Home’s Center for Palliative Medicine help people manage their symptoms, understand their choices for medical care, and regain their strength to carry on with daily life and/or medical treatment. Palliative medicine doctors and social workers do this in part, by also addressing the emotional, social, and spiritual problems that illnesses can bring up.
Palliative Medicine is helpful to those experiencing many different conditions some of which are:
- ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- CHF (congestive heart failure)
- Dementia (including Alzheimers)
- Kidney disease
Palliative medicine is appropriate at any point in an illness. It may be used in conjunction with curative medicine and help you or a loved one manage the side-effects of medical treatments. The palliative medicine team will partner with the patient’s physicians and family members to provide an extra layer of support.
For more information, contact the Los Angeles Jewish Home’s Center for Palliative Medicine at 818.578.7427 or visit http://www.lajh.org/care/in-your-home-care-community-health-care/jewish-home-center-for-palliative-medicine/.