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Understanding Palliative Care

One of the many benefits of hospice and palliative care is the team approach to enhance quality of life. Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness - whatever the diagnosis.

HMC’s family-centered approach to palliative care includes a team of doctors, nurses, therapists, home health aides, social workers, chaplains, counselors and trained volunteers. They work together to address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and the family.

Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Our team makes ongoing assessments of palliative care patients to determine the need for hospice care if and when appropriate.