Palliative care focuses on improving the quality of life for patients and their families through the management of symptoms, pain and stress brought on by a serious illness. The palliative care team supports anyone with a progressive, serious, or life-limiting illness such as: heart disease, lung disease, liver failure, renal failure, neurodegenerative disorders, (i.e. ALS, MS, Parkinson’s), dementia or cancer.
Palliative care can be provided from the time of diagnoses of a serious illness and throughout active treatment. While receiving palliative care, patients can remain under the care of their primary care and specialty providers and continue to receive treatment for their illness.
For children who have a terminal illness or condition, Community Children's offers pediatric palliative care to help develop a plan with families to ensure compassionate care in the face of the most difficult life challenge that may confront a family.