About Palliative Care
Palliative Care- An Extra Layer of Support. Palliative (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) care is specialized healthcare for people with serious illness. Palliative Care:
- focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis or prognosis.
- is provided by healthcare professionals who work together with patients and families to provide an ‘extra layer of support’.
- is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness.
- is provided along with curative treatment or can be focused on comfort measures only.
It’s about Comfort, Communication, Choices and Control:
- Comfort: Easing pain, suffering and other symptoms.
- Communication: Providing expert information with everyone involved.
- Choices: Offering options as well as alternatives for patients and families.
- Control: Honoring and respecting the Patient (and Family) informed decisions.
Additional North Dakota Palliative Care Resources
Altru Health System, Grand Forks, ND (Serving Northeast ND and Northwest MN)
Sanford Health (Serving Fargo and Bismarck)