Palliative Care is specialized comprehensive treatment of the discomfort, symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to prevent and ease suffering and improve quality of life. Services can be offered at the same time as life prolonging treatment such as chemotherapy. Palliative care provides relief from distressing symptoms including pain, nausea, shortness of breath, and anxiety. Palliative Care can also help patients and families deal with complex decisions and cope with the side effects of medical treatments.
Palliative Care can be incorporated at any time during treatment regardless of the stage of illness. Patients can receive Palliative Care at the same time they receive treatment for their illness. Typically, patients choosing hospice decide to stop curative treatments for their illness.
Northside Hospital is committed to addressing all aspects of a patients’ care. Northside’s Palliative Care Team is interdisciplinary, combining the expertise and knowledge of physicians, nurse practitioners, medical social workers and chaplains who have specialized training in helping patients with a serious illness. Palliative Care is a partnership between patients, medical specialists and family members to ensure the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of a patient are met.
Our team collaborates with physicians, nurses, case managers, social
workers, spiritual advisors and others
to implement a comprehensive treatment plan addressing physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.