Relief for the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness
If your serious illness is accompanied by symptoms that affect your quality of life, you can find relief.
Palliative care is supportive care that focuses on all of your needs, from physical to spiritual.
Whether delivered in the hospital or medical center or at home, palliative care offers an additional layer of supportive care. Our palliative care staff works with your doctor and others on your health care team to help you relieve physical, spiritual and emotional stress while making the most of life.
Fairview has long been known as a leader in the area of palliative care. In 2003, Fairview’s program was honored to be named a Palliative Care Leadership Center by the Center to Advance Palliative Care and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Fairview staff has trained staff at other hospitals to develop and expand their palliative care programs.
Open to any patient who is seriously ill
You’ll find palliative care is a good fit at any age and at any stage of a serious or long-term illness. It can be provided along with treatment to cure your illness or as part of hospice care in the last stages of life.
Personalized care plan we develop
Following a complete evaluation, we help develop a plan that supports you, your family and your caregivers. The plan includes:
- Managing pain and discomfort
- Maximizing your independence
- Planning for future health care needs
- Finding community resources
- Providing individual and group counseling
- Helping you and your loved ones cope with grief and loss
Conditions we treat include:
- Pain that results from serious illness or its treatment
- Shortness of breath, trouble breathing
- Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach) and vomiting (throwing up).
- Loss of appetite
- Tiredness, weakness, lack of energy
- Trouble sleeping
Additional help we provide:
- Attention to sources of distress that affect healing, including social and spiritual problems
- Clear communication between patient, family and health care team
- Smooth transitions between care settings
- A treatment plan in line with your goals and values
- Help making decisions
- Information to help you make decisions about your care
- Advance Care Planning information. On request, we’ll help you write a health care directive to make your wishes about care known if you cannot tell your doctors yourself
- Support for talking with loved ones about medical decisions
- Support and tools to help you make decisions for a loved one who can’t communicate
Visit getpallliativecare.org to learn more about palliative care.
|Kari L. Olson, RN, CNS-BC|
Clinical Nurse Specialist