What is Palliative Care?
When a loved one is seriously ill, it can feel confusing and lonely. It may be hard to make sense of all the information you are hearing. The Gilchrist Palliative Care (Advanced Care Management) team can help guide you through the uncertainties that serious illness brings. No matter what the illness, we can help you manage the symptoms and emotional distress you or your loved one may be experiencing.
Palliative Care focuses on improving the quality of life for those with chronic, debilitating and life-limiting illnesses. Our Palliative Care (Advanced Care Management) service offers medical care, emotional and social support, and education for individuals with serious illness and their loved ones in select hospitals and long-term care facilities. Palliative Care can be provided at any point in the course of an illness, from diagnosis onward.
Who May Need Palliative Care?
Anyone with serious, debilitating or chronic illness can benefit from Palliative Care. Such illnesses include:
- Heart disease
- Liver or kidney failure
- Dementia, ALS or other neurological conditions
- Complications from surgery
How Can Palliative Care Help?
Our Palliative Care (Advanced Care Management) team are experts in helping people deal with the uncertainties often accompanied by serious illness. Our team will:
- Take time to understand your loved one’s goals of care
- Anticipate future health care needs and make sense of your loved one’s treatment options
- Help alleviate symptoms to maximize quality of life
- Assist with facilitating discussions about care options with family members or the health care team
- Offer support for your loved one’s emotional, spiritual and practical needs
- Provide an added layer of support at any age, any stage, and at the same time as other medical treatments
- Help your family navigate the health care system