Can palliative care help you?
If you have an ongoing illness, YES!
Many people with an ongoing illness describe palliative care at Gundersen Health System as an additional layer of support that enriches their treatment. Our specially trained palliative doctors and nurses partner with your primary care provider to ensure all aspects of your health are being managed, including your physical, mental and emotional well-being.
How does palliative care enrich your treatment?
As an extra layer to your care, palliative services help people with ongoing conditions by providing:
- Prescriptions and/or referrals for medicine and therapies to address pain, loss of mobility or appetite, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, sleeplessness, anxiety and depression, and other symptoms
- Help with understanding and coping with your illness
- Assistance in setting goals to achieve a better quality of life
- Spiritual and emotional support
- Nutrition consultations
- Guidance with advance care planning
- Coordination of community resources, such as setting up home care or other services
- Help transitioning from curative treatment to a more comfort-focused approach, if desired
Who may receive palliative care?
Anyone with an ongoing illness who would like to improve their quality of life may benefit from palliative care. People with cancer, Parkinson's disease, heart disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Alzheimer's disease all commonly receive palliative care, although there are many people with other conditions who also benefit from the extra support of palliative care.
Does receiving palliative care mean you're nearing the end of your life?
No. People who receive palliative care may be pursuing treatment for a curative condition or comfort-focused care for a terminal illness.
How do you receive palliative care?
Palliative care does not require a referral. If you or a loved one has an ongoing illness and would like a better quality of life, call (608) 775-1440 for more information or to schedule an appointment.