Palliative Care at Staten Island University Hospital
Staten Island, New York 10305
Palliative care is supportive care that is offered to any patient facing a serious illness. Palliative care is NOT the same as hospice care. Palliative care can be given at the same time as treatments meant to cure or treat a disease. Patients may receive this care when the illness is first diagnosed, throughout treatment, and during follow-up. The palliative care team works as partners with the patients’ other doctors to provide an extra layer of care for patients and their families.
Patients with serious illnesses often experience pain in addition to other physical discomforts such as shortness of breath, nausea, loss of appetite, anxiety, depression and fatigue. Palliative care can help with discomfort and symptom management, as well as assisting in making decisions about your overall care plan. The focus of palliative care is to decrease the burden of being diagnosed with an advanced illness and to strive for the best quality of life for you and your family.
If you or a loved one have experienced any of the following, palliative care may help.
- Frequent emergency room visits
- Multiple hospital admissions with the same diagnosis
- Illness diagnosis with limited treatment options or complicated hospital course
- A progressive illness despite medical treatment