Palliative & Geriatric Care

Cure Sometimes.  Relieve Often.  Care Always.

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

For many of us, we will reach a point in life where living is more about quality than quantity.  If you or a loved one is in their later years, or has a life-limiting diagnosis, palliative care can help focus on goals of quality and comfort.  You can continue with care as usual, or work to simplify your medical requirements and regimens.  You will have someone who can talk to you and your family about important decisions and give guidance about the future.  Palliative care is whole person, whole family care.  Palliative care can be part of care early in a difficult diagnosis, concurrent with treatments, and can continue throughout the journey, providing support and symptom management.

Palliative care 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, 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 and Geriatric focused care may be available in the home setting - please call to discuss a possible home visit plan.

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Tel: 805-232-3305

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