Palliative Care

At Northern Light EMMC, we’re all behind you . . . our Palliative Care Team is right beside you.
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Our mission is to help patients who have serious illness live their best lives through delivery of palliative care. We provide support to you and your family by preventing and addressing physical and emotional symptoms at any stage of a serious illness. We will be with you every step of the way, so you can live well while getting treatment for a serious illness.

Palliative care is provided by a specially trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with your other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is based on your needs, not on your prognosis. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment.
 
Palliative care teams focus on quality of life. They treat people suffering from the symptoms and stress of serious illnesses such as cancer, congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and many more.
 
Is Palliative Care right for me?

  • Do you experience pain, shortness of breath, anxiety, or other symptoms of serious illness?
  • Do your symptoms make it hard for you to be as active as you would like?
  • Have you been diagnosed with cancer, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, ALS, MS, liver failure or another serious illness?
  • Have you experienced frequent emergency room visits or hospitalizations?
  • Do you need help understanding all your treatment options and making medical decisions?
  • Are you having difficulty talking with your loved ones about your medical or health concerns or healthcare goals? 

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may benefit from having Palliative Care on your team.
And recent studies, including one published in the New England Journal of Medicine, have shown that patients with a serious illness who received palliative care lived longer than those who did not receive this care.
 
How to access Palliative Care

If you or a loved one is facing a serious illness, you may benefit from palliative care. You can have palliative care at any point in your illness. Search the Palliative Care Provider Directory to find it near you. Then speak to your doctor and ask for it.
 
For assistance, please call the Patient Service Center
207.400.8741