Palliative Care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.
Palliative care may be right for you if you suffer from pain, stress or other symptoms due to a serious illness. Serious illnesses may include cancer, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis and more. Palliative care can be provided at any stage of illness and along with treatment meant to cure you.
Disease management, sometimes referred to as Care Continuum, Complete Care or Managing Health, is a system of coordinated health care interventions and communications for those living with conditions in which patient self-care efforts are significant. It is an approach to healthcare that teaches individuals how to manage a chronic disease. Nearly 1 in 2 Americans are living with one or more chronic conditions, which can reduce quality of life. Although chronic diseases are more common among older adults, they affect people of all ages and are now recognized as a leading health concern of the nation. Some common chronic conditions are:
Participating in a disease management programs may help patients more effectively manage their symptoms, avoid potential problems of exacerbation or worsening, improve outcomes, and enhance quality of life.