Palliative care sees the person beyond the disease. It is a fundamental shift in health care delivery.


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What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Palliative care is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is based on the needs of the patient, not on the patient’s prognosis. This care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness.

Palliative Care Improves Quality of Life and Lowers Symptom Burden. Palliative care specialists improve quality of life for the patients whose needs are most complex. The palliative care physician works in partnership with the primary physician, and with other specialists.

  • Time to devote to intensive family meetings and patient/family counseling
  • Skilled communication about what to expect in the future in order to ensure that care is matched to the goals and priorities of the patient and the family
  • Expert management of complex physical and emotional symptoms, including complex pain, depression, anxiety, fatigue, shortness of breath, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, constipation, and difficulty sleeping.
  • Coordination and communication of care plans among all providers and across all settings.
  • Better patient and family understanding of what to expect
  • Relief of pain and symptoms
  • Increased life expectancy (in some populations)
  • Family caregiver support
  • Decreased crises, 911 calls, ED visits, and hospitalizations

Columbia Memorial Palliative Care

71 Prospect Ave
“Medical Office Building
Suite L40”
Hudson NY 12534
Ph. 518.697.6005
Fax 518.697.5354