UnityPoint Family Medicine Second Avenue North - Palliative Medicine
A Trinity Regional Medical Center Rural Health Clinic
Palliative Medicine provides relief from distressing symptoms and helps improve quality of life for patients and families. Care can be as soon as a patient and their doctor feel it will help. For many, this may be shortly after the diagnosis of a serious condition. Palliative Medicine is provided across care settings including hospitals, clinics and in a patient's home.
The goal of Palliative Care is to improve your quality of life and support your health care choices, whether or not you choose to pursue aggressive treatment for your illness. Palliative Care works alongside aggressive treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, depending on what you and your doctor decide is good for you.
Palliative Care is different from Hospice. Hospice care is for people approaching the last stages of life. Palliative Care is for any stage of a serious illness.
Benefits of Palliative Care
Our team wants to make sure you receive the care you need. Palliative Care helps you communicate with the healthcare providers to ensure your voice is heard. This helps you and your family understand your illness, the types of treatment you may receive, what to expect and a plan to deal with any issues you may face.
We are here to:
- Improve quality of life for you and your family
- Help you to understand your illness and treatment options
- Reduce the difficult symptoms of your illness
We will help you and those who care for you by:
- Help with pain and symptom relief
- Supporting emotional and spiritual needs, values and beliefs
- Arrange meetings with you, your family and the healthcare team
- Work together with you and your family to make decisions that are hard to make
- Work with your doctor to create a plan of care that meets your needs as you move through the different healthcare settings and stages of your illness
Who provides palliative medicine?
Palliative Medicine is a partnership between your primary doctor and other medical specialists including doctors, nurses and social workers who provide an extra layer of support.
What does a referral to palliative medicine mean?
Being referred for a Palliative Medicine consultation means that you are dealing with difficult medical problems that cause pain and discomfort, emotional uncertainty and personal complications for you and your loved ones. Research show that Palliative Medicine can help people live longer by reducing the pain and stress a serious illness may cause.
Who pays for palliative medicine?
Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans cover all or part of Palliative Medicine services. The Palliative Medicine team will help you and your family understand your coverage.
To Learn More or Request Additional Information
For more information, please call (515) 574-6110.