Palliative Care

Patients living with chronic illness may benefit from palliative care services. Palliative care focuses on improving the quality of life for patients with a serious illness by assisting with pain relief, symptom control and stress relief, as well as connecting patients and family members with beneficial resources.

The palliative care team at Maury Regional Medical Center includes board-certified physicians, nurses, social workers and pastoral care representatives who work together to coordinate resources and education for patients with chronic illnesses such as:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease

Palliative care can assist patients with a variety of quality of life and care management issues, including:

  • Pain and symptom relief
  • Communication about patient care
  • Compassionate care
  • Guidance with treatment choices and other decisions
  • Emotional and spiritual support

When is the right time for palliative care?

Palliative care is helpful at any age and through all stages of the illness; however, it is most beneficial when introduced early in your care and can be used along with curative treatment.

How does palliative care differ from hospice?

Palliative care is beneficial to patients throughout the course of their illness, beginning with diagnosis and continuing through the treatment process and as long as needed. Hospice is care designed for those who are nearing the end of life when treatment is no longer expected to result in a cure.

How can I get palliative care?

To start the palliative care process, ask your physician for a referral. Our team provides inpatient consultations at the request of your physician. If you feel you or your loved one would benefit from palliative care, let your nurse or physician know.