We know many people want to stay in their own homes where they are relaxed. However, sometimes the challenging symptoms that can be part of living with a serious illness require a visit to the emergency department or admission to the hospital. This can be stressful for both you and your loved ones.
Being able to ease these symptoms and provide this support in the community is important for our patients. Studies have proven that patients who get palliative care earlier in their diagnosis improves their quality of life, reduces unwanted visits to the emergency department, admissions to the hospital and the amount of time you may spend in hospital. Palliative care can also help make sure that the treatment you receive is aligned with what your overall goals for care are and what your preferences may be. Studies have also shown that including palliative care early can help patients live longer lives. See Palliative Care for the Seriously ill.
In palliative care, we say we improve your quality of life, but what we really mean is that we help get you back to doing the things that bring meaning and joy to your daily life. Our goal is to help you live life the way you want by understanding what matters to you.