People struggling with symptoms associated with a chronic medical condition may benefit from Palliative Care. Whether patients are seeking a cure for their condition or looking to manage its effects, Gundersen's Palliative Care team approaches each patient holistically to treat their physical, emotional and spiritual suffering.
Palliative care can be provided in the clinic, hospital or through frequent contact by telephone. The palliative care team works closely with the patient's primary care provider and specialists to coordinate care and help patients learn to live with the illness. They assess the patient's physical needs and determine the best treatment options for symptoms, including:
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
The palliative care team also addresses concerns such as depression, loss of control, anxiety, loneliness, and fear of being a burden or dying.
Palliative care services are covered by most private insurance, Medicare/Medical Assistance or private pay options.
Palliative Care is a department of Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.