What is palliative care?
Palliative care supports patients and their loved ones by maximizing
comfort. It helps them set goals for the future that lead to a meaningful, enjoyable life.
Palliative care is specialized care for those experiencing a serious illness or accident or those with chronic or life-limiting illness. The goal of palliative care is to relieve the pain, symptoms and stress of a serious illness to achieve the best quality of life, while supporting patients and their families regardless of treatment goals and life expectancy.
Mercy Medical Center is on the leading edge of this movement.
Mercy's Palliative Care Program reflects the best of The Mercy Touch®, to care and comfort always...
Who Provides Palliative Care?
Mercy Palliative Care's compassionate and skilled palliative care team supports patients with serious illnesses to enhance comfort and to improve quality of life.
In partnership with the patient's physician and healthcare team, the Mercy Palliative
Care team focuses on the goals of patients and their families.
The palliative care team includes:
- Palliative care physicians
- Specialized nurses
- Social workers
- Massage therapists
- Additional healthcare providers may be a part of your team
Mercy’s palliative care services may be provided while in the hospital, as well as on an outpatient basis (such as in the home, medical office or clinic setting, or nursing facility).
How can someone receive palliative care services?
The patient, a relative or any member of a patient’s healthcare team may ask the patient’s physician about a palliative care referral. For more information, contact a member of the Mercy Palliative Care team at (319) 398-6860. Mercy Palliative Care is here to help.
Who can benefit from palliative care?
Palliative care is an option for those suffering from discomfort, serious illness, or facing complex medical decisions. Palliative care can be provided along with treatment meant to cure.
Palliative care may be especially helpful for patients with any of the following:
- Cancer; heart failure; liver; lung and kidney problems; MS, ALS, neurological disease or dementia
- Pain, trouble breathing or other distressing symptoms
- Serious illness or accident and facing questions about the future
- Guidance for patients and families with difficult medical decisions to make who seek assistance in thinking through the options
How can the palliative care team help patients and their family?
- Care for the mind, body and spirit
- Relief of symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, breathlessness, depression, pain and anxiety
- Respect for each patient's values and personal choices
- Assistance and support in making difficult medical decisions based on the patient's wishes
- Emotional, psycho social & spiritual support
- Coordination of care and treatment among physicians and healthcare providers at all stages of illness
- Identification/coordination of community resources
- Increased understanding of the illness and treatment options
In Your Words ...
“We would like to express our sincere appreciation of the Mercy Palliative Care program and the benefits it provides to chronically ill individuals and their families.”
– Jeanne Hoyt & Family
“My chronic pain had become uncontrolled and I was suffering on many levels. Today, I am 100% better pain-wise, which leaves me, once again, able to exercise and have hope for the future.”
– Palliative care patient