What Is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialized care that provides an extra layer of support to patients with serious illnesses, including patients who are undergoing aggressive treatment by focusing on the whole person - physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stresses associated with serious illness. The goal is to improve overall quality of life for patients, families and caregivers. Palliative care is offered for any patient at any age and stage of their chronic illness inlcuding while a patient is pursuing curative or aggressive treatments.

Patients and families can expect comprehensive supportive care for pain and other debilitating physical symptoms. Palliative care services also help patients with other issues that may be causing stress, worry, depression or frustration. The team works to find solutions and address physical, emotional, spiritual or practical problems causing discomfort and pain. This extra layer of support provided to patients assists in managing symptoms and offers psychosocial care through a fellowship trained physician, spiritual care providers, and other specialists. A personalized care plan will help provide the best care based on the services available.

Medicare, Medicaid and many private insurance plans cover the services just as they do for other consultative medical services.

Palliative Medicine may benefit those individuals and families with:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic obstructive lung disease or pulmonary fibrosis
  • Dementia
  • Heart disease (i.e., congestive heart failure, valvular, coronary disease)
  • Kidney disease
  • Life limiting trauma
  • Life limiting stroke
  • Liver disease
  • Neurological disease
Palliative Care at Penn Highlands

Palliative Medicine services are available as an inpatient at Penn Highlands Huntingdon.

Palliative Care Center

1227 Warm Springs Avenue
Huntingdon, PA 16652

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