Palliative care is available to loved ones dealing with a serious illness.
Reduce Suffering, Maximize Life
If you are dealing with a painful and serious illness, special care is available to help control your symptoms and stress and make you more comfortable right now. Palliative medicine is the specialty focused on relief of the pain and other symptoms of serious, life-threatening illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for patients and their families. Palliative medicine is appropriate at any point in an illness. It can be provided at the same time as curative treatment.
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Avera Medical Group Palliative Medicine
911 E. 20th St., Sioux Falls, SD | (605) 322-8993
What to Expect
What to expect from Palliative Medicine
Care provided at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center offers you:
- Relief from symptoms including pain, shortness
of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of
appetite, numbness and problems with sleep.
- Strength to carry on with daily life.
- Improved ability to tolerate medical treatments.
- Better understanding of your condition and your choices for medical care.
At Avera Medical Group Palliative Medicine, our board-certified palliative team includes physicians, nurses and social workers. Together with your own doctor, we make sure that you receive:
- Expert treatment for your pain and symptoms.
- Close communication about your illness and treatment choices.
- Coordination of your care among all of your health care providers.
- Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family.
- Referral and coordination of home care services.
- Inpatient and outpatient care.
When beginning palliative care early, care can occur at the same time as all other treatments for your illness. It does not depend upon your prognosis. So there's absolutely no reason to wait. Pain and other symptoms affect your quality of life, and the stress can have a big impact on your family. The palliative medicine team can help.
Is Palliative care the same as hospice care?
Palliative care is not the same as hospice care. Hospice care is meant for people in the final months of life. Non-hospice palliative-care, on the other hand, is available to you at any time during your illness while you're in the hospital. Unlike hospice, you can also receive palliative care at the same time as curative treatments.
Palliative Care Services
What Services does the palliative care team provide?
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty sleeping
Assistance with decision-making
- Facilitating communication among patients, families and physicians
- Guidance with difficult treatment choices
- withdrawal/withholding treatments
- cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
- artificial nutrition/hydration
- Patient/family conferences
- End-of-life issues
How is Palliative Care requested?
Getting palliative care is easy. Just ask for it. You may already have been referred to the palliative care team, but if not, just ask your doctor for a referral. We work together with your primary care physician, so you will not have to give up your own doctor.
Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover palliative medicine services. It is handled like other medical services, such as oncology or cardiology.
Advanced directives are forms that outline the care you would like to receive - or not receive - if you are unable to speak for yourself.