Palliative Care

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Palliative Medicine Brochure

Support for the mind, body and spirit

Dealing with the symptoms of any painful or serious illness is difficult. Palliative care can help. Palliative care can be offered at the same time you’re receiving treatments for your illness. Its primary purpose is to relieve the pain and other symptoms you are experiencing and improve your quality of life.

Live your life more comfortably

Palliative care provides relief from distressing symptoms including pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, problems with sleep and many other symptoms. It can also help you deal with the side effects of the medical treatments you receive. Most important, palliative care can help improve the quality of your life.

Palliative care also provides support for you and your family and can improve communication between you and your health care providers.

It’s never too early to start palliative care. In fact, it occurs at the same time as all other treatments for your illness and does not depend on the course of your disease.

What We Do:  Palliative Care

Do you need Palliative Care?

Individuals living with illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, lung disease and kidney failure, among others, experience physical symptoms and emotional distress related to their diseases. Sometimes these symptoms are related to the medical treatments they are receiving.

You may want to consider palliative care if you (or your loved one):

  • Suffer from pain or other symptoms due to any serious illness
  • Experience physical or emotional pain that is not under control
  • Need help understanding your situation and coordinating your care

Palliative care offers:

  • Expert treatment of pain and other symptoms so you can get the best relief possible
  • Open discussion about treatment choices, including treatment for your disease and management of your symptoms
  • Coordination of your care with all of your health care providers
  • Emotional support for you and your family

Palliative Care Consultations by Avow

Avow provides outpatient palliative care in patient homes, assisted living or skilled nursing facilities, and in the Palliative Care Center within the Lyon Center on the Avow campus. Avow’s palliative care team of physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers and chaplains are board certified in palliative care.
Our palliative care experts work collaboratively with the other healthcare professionals involved in your care to help you feel better. We can help you better understand your diagnosis and treatment options, facilitate family discussions related to your care plan choices, and help you navigate the sometimes confusing healthcare system.

To request a palliative care consultation, simply tell your doctor or call Avow and we’ll notify your physician of your request. For information call us at 239-304-1600.


Help us bring palliative care to more people in our community

Avow’s palliative care services are possible in large part thanks to generous contributions from our community. You can help Avow advance palliative care in our community by making a donation today. With your support, we can help more adults and children suffering from serious illness find comfort and peace of mind.