People struggling with symptoms associated with a chronic medical condition may benefit from Palliative Care. Gundersen Lutheran’s Palliative Care is designed to improve symptoms and pain for people with progressive, serious illnesses or medical conditions. It is appropriate for patients whether they are pursuing a cure for their condition or looking to manage the effects.
Palliative care can be provided in the clinic or hospital, at home, or in a nursing home. The palliative care team works closely with the patient’s primary physician. They meet with patients to assess their 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. For more information about palliative care and symptom management, call (608) 775-9336 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 59336.