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Palliative and Supportive Care

Palliative/Supportive Care is specialized medical care designed to improve quality of life for people with serious illness. It encompasses pain and symptom management, counseling for patients and families, support for patients making decisions about their treatment and goals of care, and care coordination among other services. 

Palliative Care is provided by a palliative care specialist in collaboration with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support.  It is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a serious illness and can be provided together with curative treatment.

The Palliative/Supportive Care team will help patients and families with:

  • Advanced care planning
  • Goals of care discussion
  • Code status clarification
  • Hospice referral/evaluation
  • Symptom management
  • Illness trajectory education
  • Withdrawal of life prolonging treatments

When is it the right time for palliative care?
Palliative care can assist through all stages of serious illness. It is best introduced early in a patient’s care and is provided at the same time as curative treatments.

How is palliative care different from hospice care?
Hospice care is meant specifically for those approaching the last stages of life, white palliative care is appropriate for any stage of a serious illness.

For more information about Palliative Care Services at Touro, please contact Melissa Pennebaker, NP
Palliative and Supportive Care Services
Phone: 504-897-7014
Email: melissa.pennebaker@lcmchealth.org

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