Frequently Asked Questions about Palliative Care
Who benefits from Palliative Care?
- Anyone who has a serious illness affecting quality of life or causing significant discomfort
- Anyone who has questions about their treatment plan or needs additional support
What can our Palliative Care team do for you?
- Treat your pain and symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, depression and anxiety
- Help you maintain the most comfortable, independent and active life possible
- Provide answers, assistance and emotional support to you and your family when making difficult medical decisions
- Help coordinate care and treatment with your doctors and care team
- Identify support services to help you
What can I expect from Palliative Care?
- Relief from distressing symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping
- Improved ability to carry on with your life
- Improved ability to tolerate medical treatment
- Better understanding of your medical condition and medical choices
When is the right time for Palliative Care?
- Palliative Care helps during all stages of serious illness. It is best introduced early, alongside curative treatment.
Is Palliative Care the same as hospice care?
- No, hospice care is meant specifically for those approaching the last stages of life. Palliative care is appropriate for all stages of a serious illness.
How and where can I get Palliative Care?
- To begin palliative care, ask your doctor for a referral. We can help you while at Highland or help you find outpatient care.