What is Palliative Care?
Pain and symptom management through palliative care
Palliative care is a comprehensive treatment for discomfort, pain, symptoms, and stress of dealing with a serious illness. Palliative care can improve your quality of life by easing suffering when you have a serious illness. Palliative care is available while you continue curative therapies.
Unity Hospice’s palliative care is designed to go hand-in-hand with your existing treatment program.
Our qualified team of palliative specialists will work together with your primary care doctor and other specialists. Palliative care is available to all patients suffering from a serious illness, regardless of the predicted outcome of that illness. Receiving palliative care does not require a life-limiting illness.
Some symptoms palliative care is designed to relieve include: pain, nausea, fatigue, constipation, a loss of appetite, shortness of breath, and feeling overwhelmed. Our nurse practitioners can help guide you through the complex medical decision making and planning to ensure your medical treatment aligns with your goals and values. In our Chicago office, our social workers will help provide practical and emotional support as well.
Relief from pain and symptoms through palliative care is provided wherever the patient calls home—whether your home or facility. You must have a referral for palliative care in order to receive care from Unity Hospice. Referral Form
Sometimes, hospice-eligible patients will enter into palliative care treatment in order to find symptom relief while they contemplate their end-of-life options. Some may choose to continue curative treatment options but benefit from the symptom management and support of palliative care. Some may determine that hospice provides the best option to live each moment on their terms and where they choose to live.
Wherever you or your loved one is on this journey, Unity Hospice is there to help you find compassionate comfort and caring for pain and discomfort.