Palliative Care is for those who suffer from pain or other symptoms due to a serious illness such as cancer, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, AIDS, Amyotrophic lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and multiple sclerosis. Palliative Care is appropriate at any stage of illness and can be provided at the same time as curative treatment. The goal of Palliative Care is to improve the quality of a seriously ill person’s life and to support that person and his or her family during and after treatment.
The Palliative Care team:
- Includes doctors, nurses, a social worker and others depending on the patient and family’s needs.
- Helps individuals carry on with daily life more comfortably by providing relief from symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping
- Offers education to help patients better understand their condition and choices for medical care
- Provides assistance with advanced care planning
Talk to your doctor or nurse and ask for a referral to learn more.
For more information:
Winona Health Palliative Care
175 E. Wabasha
Winona, MN 55987