Palliative care focuses on improving a patient’s quality of life at any stage of illness. Emphasis is placed on intensive communication, pain and symptom management, and coordination of care. Palliative care is provided by a team of professionals working together with your primary doctor. It is appropriate at any point in a serious illness and can be provided at the same time as treatment that is meant to cure.
The goal is to relieve a patient’s symptoms, like nausea, fatigue, or shortness of breath, so that they can concentrate on fighting illness.
The Bon Secours Palliative Care Team works with the patient, family and medical care team to coordinate care and set goals for each patient. The patient helps make decisions about the best care, from pain management to spiritual guidance. The care team also reaches out to caregivers.
Palliative care is provided at every step of a serious illness or injury. With our specialized doctors, nurse practitioners, licensed clinical social workers, and spiritual support teams, our good help is always available.