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 life. And in an ideal circumstance, we will be there when you decide to transition to hospice.
An excellent article on the NPR website by Carmel Wroth shares insight into what is palliative care and how it can help those with serious illness: A Good Life And A Good Death: What Is Palliative Care? In the article she interviews Dr Puri, a palliative care physician at the University of Southern California. It’s a really well-written question and answer essay with easy to understand information to get the best care for you or your loved one during a serious illness. “Palliative care, she says, gives doctors, patients and their families a new vocabulary with which to talk about the way life’s goals can shift when you have a serious illness and how to plan for a good final chapter.”
If you know of someone who could benefit from palliative care in Southeast Texas, start here: Get Help Today or call 835-8357 .