Palliative care is specialized medical attention for patients with a serious illness. Holy Name Medical Center has highly trained staff members who work as a team to provide compassionate and individualized palliative care for patients recuperating at home.
Many people confuse palliative care with hospice services. Palliative care focuses on improving quality of life while relieving pain and discomfort during the patient's recovery. Hospice, which is also provided to help alleviate symptoms from treatment or disease, is prescribed for patients with a life expectancy of six months or less.
Palliative care is appropriate for patients of any age. It is not curative but rather designed to complement the patient's treatment plan.
For information on palliative care, call 201-379-5610.