Palliative Care: Support, Comfort, Compassion

Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It is patient-centered and addresses the patient's needs within the context of family and community. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.

What to expect with your palliative care plan:

  • Good medical treatment continues
  • Your symptoms are managed
  • There is continuity of care
  • You and your family are well prepared
  • Your preferences are always taken into consideration
  • You make the best of every day!

The staff of Baptist Hospital wants to make sure that you and your family are supported as you cope with serious illness. We have health care professionals who are educated in communicating with patients and their families about the issues they face. Our hope is that you will feel comfortable with our resources and our expertise and will call on us at any time.

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