What You Should  Know

HOW DO I KNOW IF PALLIATIVE CARE IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Palliative care may be right for you if you suffer from pain, stress or other symptoms due to a serious illness. Serious illnesses may include cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and more. Palliative care can be provided at any stage of illness and along with treatment meant to cure you.

HOW DO I GET PALLIATIVE CARE?

You have to ask for it! Just tell your doctors and nurses that you would like to see the palliative care team. You can start with the Provider Directory onGetPalliativeCare.org. That’s where you can find palliative care in your area, quickly and easily.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM PALLIATIVE CARE?

You can expect relief from symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping. Palliative care helps you carry on with your daily life. It improves your ability to go through medical treatments. It helps you better understand your condition and your choices for medical care. In short, you can expect the best possible quality of life.

HOW DOES PALLIATIVE CARE WORK WITH MY OWN DOCTOR?

The palliative care team works in partnership with other doctors to provide an extra layer of support for you and your family. The team provides expert symptom management, extra time for communication about your goals and treatment options and help navigating the health system.

This information was taken from GetPalliativeCare.Org - For more information, click the link. 

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