Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. Palliative Care focuses on relieving distressing symptoms and achieving the best possible quality of life for individuals and families. It can be offered simultaneously with life prolonging curative therapies for individuals living with serious disease.

Adults and children living with illnesses such as cancer, heart or lung disease, kidney failure, and other diseases, with physical symptoms or emotional distress may benefit from Palliative Care.

Care is provided in the hospital, private residence, assisted living, long-term care; anywhere you call home.

 

You may consider Palliative Care if you or your loved one:

  • Suffers from pain or other symptoms due to any serious illness.
  • Experiences physical or emotional pain that is NOT under control.
  • Needs help understanding your situation and coordinating your care.
  • Consultative nurse visits to provide information and collaborate with your primary provider to achieve symptom management.
  • Provide education to relieve pain and other uncomfortable symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping or depression.
  • Assist you in making a plan for living well, based on needs, concerns and goals of care.
  • Provide emotional and spiritual support and guidance to patients and their families through Social Work and Chaplain Services.
  • Help coordinate care and navigate the often-complex health care system.
  • Make referrals to other community resources as needed.

 

The Palliative Care Program is funded through a grant provided by the NORMA ROMAN LONGFELLOW FOUNDATION.

Our services are provided at no cost to the patient.

Ask your health care provider for a referral to Palliative care or contact us directly at: 320-763-6018.

 

Hospice of Douglas County
809 Elm Street, Suite 1200
Alexandria, MN 56308

Phone: 320-763-6018
Fax: 320-763-4127

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