Palliative Care 

Improving Quality of Life

If you or a loved one is experiencing a serious or life-threatening illness, palliative care may ease suffering and improve quality of life by providing a comprehensive treatment of the discomfort, symptoms and stress of a serious illness.

Palliative care can occur during all other treatments for illness and does not depend upon the course of disease.  Palliative care is different from hospice, as hospice provides care to a patient with a terminal illness or life expectancy of about six months or less.

During palliative care, your physician continues to provide care along with the palliative care team of nurses, social workers and chaplains. Most insurance plans cover all or part of palliative care you receive in the hospital.

Patients and families alike can benefit through palliative care, as it seeks to improve comfort by relieving symptoms like pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, problems with sleep and more.

For more information about palliative care, visit http://www.ssmhealthathome.com/palliative-care or contact us at (405) 272-7000.

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