Quality Of Life Can Be Improved With Palliative Care
Palliative medicine is a medical specialty that focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious, chronic or life-limiting illness. The term “palliative” means to relieve or lessen without curing. The goal is to provide comfort and improve the quality of life for both the patient and their family.
At the Jewish Home Center for Palliative Medicine, care is provided by a team that works with you. It includes your participating family, our board certified physical specializing in palliative medicine, and a certified nurse practitioner with extensive experience in the field.
Palliative medicine can be helpful to those experiencing symptoms (caused by the disease itself or side-effects of medications) such as pain, shortness of breath, less of appetite, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, nausea, or other conditions that cause discomfort or stress.
In addition to controlling your pain and other symptoms, our goals are to help you:
- better understand your choices for medical care
- regain strength to carry on with daily life
- improve your ability to continue medical treatments
- reduce visits to the emergency room
While anyone who is experiencing uncontrolled symptoms related to surgery or chronic illness can benefit from palliative care, here are some of the most common diseases and conditions that bring people to seek help and relief:
multiple sclerosis / cancer / congestive heart failure / kidney illness
stroke / ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) / emphysema / COPD
dementia/Alzheimer's disease / HIV/AIDS / Parkinson's disease
sickle cell anemia / Huntington's disease
If you or a loved one experiences a sudden change in your health, such as heart attack, stroke, hip or spinal fracture, or subtle onset (weight loss, pain, recurring infections, fatigue, avoiding food or medications), please call the Jewish Home Center for Palliative Medicine at 818.578.7427 to schedule a consultation. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.lajh.org/care/in-your-home-care-community-health-care/jewish-home-center-for-palliative-medicine/.