Improving Your Quality of Life During Serious Illness

At LewisGale Regional Health System, we understand that symptoms of a painful or serious illness can make your life difficult, and at times, even unbearable. That’s why we provide palliative (pal-lee-uh-tiv) care, to make you more comfortable and improve your quality of life during treatment. Palliative care can be provided at any stage of an illness or treatment to help you as you’re going through an acute or long-term illness.

The purpose of palliative care is to relieve the discomfort, symptoms and stress of serious illness, improving quality of life for both an individual and their family members and other caregivers. Palliative care often accompanies active treatment for illnesses such as:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiac disease
  • Respiratory disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • AIDS
  • Amyotrophic sclerosis
  • Multiple sclerosis

We do not replace your primary treatment. Instead, our palliative care team works with the treatment you’re already receiving to improve how you feel.

Improving Your Symptoms

Our caring, patient-centered team works closely with you and your family to improve your symptoms. We provide individuals with solutions for:

  • Pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue or difficulty sleeping
  • Constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Psychosocial support

Your emotional and spiritual well-being is also an important part of palliative care. In addition to specially trained doctors and nurses, counselors, clergy and social workers are part of your palliative care team. We provide:

  • Help navigating the healthcare system
  • Guidance with difficult and complex treatment choices
  • Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family

Considering Palliative Care?

To determine if palliative care is the right choice for you or a family member, we’ve provided answers to the most common questions we receive from individuals and families. Speak with your physician or primary caregiver about receiving palliative care resources at one of our hospitals. If hospice care is needed, we can refer you to a hospice provider that will best meet your needs.