Treasure Health Palliative Care acts as a consulting service, helping patients and their loved ones understand their medical situation and the options open to them. In palliative care consultations, relieving the patient’s pain often tops the priority list. The Treasure Health Palliative Care team works with your physicians, focusing on alleviating the symptoms, pain and stress of living with a serious illness. Patients continue to receive whatever offered curative care they choose.
Guidance and comfort for anyone suffering a serious illness
Palliative care is available for anyone suffering at any stage of a serious illness. Relieving a patient’s pain often tops the priority list. The Treasure Health Palliative Care team works with a patient’s physicians to search for better options to manage pain while getting the most out of life. Patients continue to receive whatever offered curative care they choose, including dialysis, chemotherapy or radiation.
With a focus on enhancing quality of life, our Treasure Health Palliative Care team helps patients identify their goals for care, understand treatment options and make decisions that support their values and beliefs. Our expertise in palliative care can reduce a patient’s emergency room visits and hospitalizations and lessen disease symptoms such as pain, nausea, weight loss and fatigue. Treasure Health Palliative Care also eases the stress of emotional and spiritual concerns that many patients face.
The Palliative Care Team
Led byBernice Burkarth, M.D., the Treasure Health Palliative Care team helps patients and families understand their medical situation. Together, our team works with patients and families to choose care options that best suit a patient’s wishes.
Please contact us today at 772-807-6425to learn more about the Treasure Health Palliative Care program.
Ann is 84 years old with breast cancer. She is in severe pain despite having prescriptions for pain medicine. Ann is also receiving chemotherapy treatment and is feeling very weak. She has no desire to eat. Ann needs more help from her caregiver, and both are exhausted.
A palliative care consultation will help manage Ann’s nausea, fatigue and pain while she continues her chemotherapy treatments. Emotional support for Ann and her caregiver will help reduce stress and isolation. When Ann feels more comfortable, she is better able to decide which treatment options to choose.
Joe is 67 years old. He has been in the hospital three times for problems breathing. His doctor has told him he has COPD. His wife is very worried about taking him home. Joe and his wife are confused about what to do next.
A palliative care consultation will help Joe and his family understand what to expect throughout his illness and help manage his symptoms to avoid future hospitalizations. Support from the Treasure Health Palliative Care team helps reduce worry, stress, or depression. We will guide you in making a plan for living life to the fullest, based on your needs, your priorities, and your goals.
Did You Know?
Palliative care is appropriate from the time of diagnosis of a serious illness
and is not limited to the last six months of life.