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Learn About Palliative Care

The term “palliative care” is often confused with hospice care near the end of life. It is true that hospice care is a subset of palliative care. However, palliative care is appropriate at any stage of a serious illness, and ideally is introduced early in the course of treatment when important decisions are being made and the burden of symptoms may be high.

When it comes to managing the symptoms associated with serious illnesses such as cancer, heart failure, or COPD, consulting with a palliative care specialist can be a valuable step in assuring you get the care you desire.

The goal of palliative care is to help people with serious illnesses feel better. In a consultation session, the palliative care physician or nurse practitioner carefully listens to patients and helps them explore which options are best for them based on their personal needs and goals. They help people with any physical, emotional, and psychological suffering so they can experience the best possible quality of life, no matter how much time they have to live. This extra layer of support to patients and families is of great benefit.

Palliative care providers are specialists in managing symptoms such as pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, anxiety, bowel issues, and sleeplessness. The palliative care team works closely with a patient’s other doctors to help coordinate care and improve communication.

The palliative care team at Partners In Care takes its commitment to palliative care services in our region seriously. They currently see patients at a clinic embedded within Bend Memorial Clinic and also in the patient’s home and care facilities.

To learn about palliative care consults provided by Partners In Care, visit their website or call (541) 382-5882.