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Palliative & Supportive Care

Coping with a progressive illness – whether it is your own or that of someone you are caring for – can seem overwhelming. There are so many changes taking place. So many complex medical options to consider... So many arrangements to make for the resources you need... So many community services you may not even realize you're entitled to.

What is Palliative Care?

When you are facing a serious illness, you need relief.
•    Relief from pain.
•    Relief from other symptoms, such as fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite and shortness of breath.
•    Relief from stress.
•    The goal is to improve quality of life for both you and your family.

You need to better understand your condition and choices for care. You need to improve your ability to tolerate medical treatments. And, you and your family need to be able to carry on with everyday life. In short, you want to feel better, feel supported and have more control over your care. This is what palliative care can do for you.

It is appropriate at any age and at any stage of an illness, and it can be provided along with treatments that are meant to cure.

Palliative care accomplishes this in a number of different, yet crucial ways by:

•  Providing expert treatment of symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and many other symptoms;

•  Devoting time to listen to you, answer your questions about your disease and treatment options and matching treatments to your individual goals;

•  Helping to coordinate and share information with all of your other doctors and health providers.

Anyone suffering from a serious illness can benefit from palliative care. These illnesses include, but are not limited to, cancer, cardiac disease such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), dementia, kidney failure, Alzheimer's, HIV/AIDS and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Palliative care helps people gain the strength to carry on with daily life and improves the ability to tolerate medical treatments. It also enables patients to have more control over their care by improving their understanding of treatment options. (Resource: www.getpalliativecare.org)

Samaritan's Supportive Programs:

Samaritan Palliative Medical Partners

The pain, symptoms and stress of a serious illness can overwhelm anybody. Samaritan Palliative Medical Partners is a physician medical practice created to help you and your family achieve the best quality of life throughout the course of your illness ─ even while you are receiving curative or life-prolonging treatments.  
 

A physician and Advanced Practice Nurse, both board certified in hospice and palliative care, provide consultations and follow-up visits as needed in your home, assisted living residence or the hospital. Our team works to increase your daily comfort levels and your ability to tolerate treatments. Samaritan Palliative Partners can help reduce crisis situations, unnecessary trips to the Emergency Room and hospital re-admissions. 

Transitions

Transitions is a community service program for those not physically or psychologically ready for hospice. Transitions clients may still be receiving active treatment for their illness, and receive support by phone or visits, and connection with community resources.

 

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