How Palliative Care in Southeast Texas Can Help Seriously Ill Patients Live and Die Well
Few people would say they want to die while undergoing painful last-minute resuscitation or while hooked up to machines in a hospital. Yet it’s the death many Americans end up with. In our country, hospice is overwhelmingly provided in a patient’s home or in a nursing home, whereas palliative care in Southeast Texas is available at any stage of an illness. And so we can see people in the hospital; we can see people in clinics when they come to see their oncologist or their cardiologist. With palliative care, you can have us on your team just right alongside care like chemotherapy or dialysis — we’re meant to attend to your quality of…
Palliative Care Can Help
Are you or a loved one facing a serious illness? Palliative Care can help. Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in your illness, and you can have it along with curative treatment. The goal is to relieve symptoms and stress and improve your quality of life.
When is Palliative Care Appropriate?
Palliative Care: Support for Patients and Caregivers If you’ve been diagnosed with a serious, long-lasting disease or with a life-threatening illness, palliative care can make your life — and the lives of those who care for you — much easier. Palliative care can be performed along with the care you receive from your primary doctors. With palliative care, there is a focus on relieving pain and other troubling symptoms and meeting your emotional, spiritual, and practical needs. In short, this new medical specialty aims to improve your quality of life — however you define that for yourself. Your palliative care providers will work with you to identify and carry out your goals: symptom…
Pain Medications for Palliative Care
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, one of the first things you may wonder about is pain. How much pain are you likely to be in? How will you cope with it? What can your doctors do about it? The good news is that there is a lot that you and your doctors can do to keep pain at bay. You have multiple options, one of which is medication. When it comes to medications for pain management, there are two broad categories: opioids, which dull pain systemically, throughout the body; and adjuvant analgesics, or helper medications that can target specific types of pain, often by fighting…