Palliative Care

Cure Sometimes, Relieve Often, Care Always

"It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing." Mother Theresa

If you or a loved one has been given a life-limiting diagnosis, you may wish for someone to be there for you, to listen, and provide guidance with difficult decisions. Palliative care provides compassionate care, including relief of pain or discomfort, and support for patient and family.  It is whole person, and whole family, care.  It can start with the initial diagnosis, or anytime during disease progression.  Palliative care is not hospice, and can be provided concurrently with treatment.  If you are feeling well and early in disease, Palliative care can help with hard conversations and decision making, guidance and support.  It is not only about pain and symptom management, it is about function and comfort and living life to the fullest for however long that may be. Common symptoms that are managed by Palliative Care: pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, and constipation, to name a few.  The goal is to maximize quality and to help you and your loved ones navigate this precious time.  Common diagnoses associated with Palliative Care: Alzheimer's (and other dementias), Cancer, Heart Disease/Failure, Lung Disease (COPD, Fibrosis, etc.), Kidney Disease/Failure, Liver Disease, other Neurological diseases (Parkinson's, ALS, etc.).  Also, for many elderly folks needing significant help with their daily activities, Palliative Care can help patients and family make plans and decisions with care.

Palliative care visits may be available in the home setting - please call to discuss a possible home visit plan.

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain."

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Tel: 805-232-3305

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