Palliative care specializes in the relief of the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness whatever the diagnosis. Beaumont Health's goal is to prevent and ease suffering while offering patients and their families the best possible quality of life. It can be delivered in a variety of settings such as hospital, home, and nursing care facility. Any patient with a serious or life-threatening illness can qualify for palliative care. Serious illnesses may include cancer, stroke, lung diseases such as COPD or pulmonary fibrosis, kidney disease (especially those requiring dialysis), heart disease such as heart attack or CHF, liver disease such as cirrhosis or jaundice.
Note that palliative care is not the same as hospice care. While useful at any stage of an illness, palliative care can be provided at the same time as treatment that is meant to cure you, such as chemotherapy, radiation treatments, dialyses, and surgery. We offer Care & TLC - Treatment of Lifelong Conditions, which is designed to provide palliative care for patients who want to manage their symptoms and continue curative therapies during their home care experience.
To begin palliative care, start by talking to your doctor or nurse. Tell your family, friends and caregivers that you want palliative care. Then ask your doctor for a referral.