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Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?

Listen as Dr. Carl S. DeMars describes palliative care during the 2018 Palliative Care Conference held in Brunswick, Maine, on April 6, 2018.

 

Support for Patients and Families Facing Serious Illness

The Mid Coast Palliative and Supportive Care program provides specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family and provide patients with relief from the symptoms and stress.

Palliative care is provided by a team of specially-trained doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work together with the patient’s other providers as an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.

Improves Quality of Life

Palliative care treats people suffering from serious and chronic illnesses including cancer, cardiac disease such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney failure, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and many more.

Palliative care focuses on symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, and depression.

The program also supports patients emotionally and spiritually. Specially trained caregivers help patients cope with personal and family issues, adjust to new physical limitations, and maintain a good quality of life.

Palliative care specialists often meet with patients, their healthcare team, and their families to discuss the current medical situation and what to expect in the future. They support the patient and the family every step of the way, not only by controlling symptoms, but also by helping to understand treatment options and goals, including:

  • What are the patient’s goals? How does the plan for medical care address these goals?
  • What are the potential risks and benefits of the plan of care?
  • Where is the most desirable place for a patient to receive care?
  • Has the patient written down his or her wishes in a healthcare directive or living will?
  • Who will make decisions about the patient’s care if he or she is unable to communicate?

Palliative versus Hospice Care

Palliative care is for anyone with a serious illness at any age and at any stage of a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment. It is not dependent on prognosis.

Hospice is an important Medicare benefit that provides palliative care for terminally ill patients who may have only months to live. People who receive hospice are also no longer receiving curative treatment for their underlying disease.

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Locations & Contact

flag81 Medical Center Drive, Suite 1150 Brunswick, ME 04011
PhonePh: (207) 373-6125
Fax: (207) 373-6126
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Office Hours

Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.