Palliative care (pal-ee-a-tiv care) is a holistic approach to care that aims to relieve discomfort, symptoms, and stress caused by a serious illness. Palliative care can begin at any time during aggressive treatment of an illness. In this way it differs from hospice care, which is a type of palliative care for people during the last six months of life.
The goal of palliative care is to make you comfortable, improve your quality of life, and increase satisfaction with care at Olmsted Medical Center for both you and your family. Palliative care also can help reduce visits to the emergency room and/or hospital stays.
Information and resources:
- Advance Healthcare Directives - A healthcare directive is a written document that describes the kinds of healthcare you would or would not want if you were unable to decide, and it allows you to name a person (“agent”) to make medical decisions for you.
- Questions and Answers About Organ, Tissue, and Eye Donation - This document providers FAQs about organ, tissue, and eye donation. Additional information about organ, tissue, and eye donation can be found by following the below links.
Register to be an organ donor at: RegisterMe.org/OlmstedMedicalCenter
Interested in learning more about palliative care at Olmsted Medical Center? After reviewing this brochure, talk with your primary healthcare provider, call us at 507.529.6806.