Archbold Palliative Care Provides Relief for Long-term Illness

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Many people have heard of hospice and have a general idea of what services hospice provides. But what is palliative care? And how is it different from hospice?

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness.

Examples of illnesses that can require palliative care are cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

“Anyone with a serious illness, regardless of life expectancy, can benefit from palliative care,” says Archbold Memorial Hospital hospitalist Prashant Baliga, MD.

Archbold’s recently launched inpatient palliative care program is comprised of a multidisciplinary team available to develop unique and specialized treatment plans for each patient. The team works together with patients and their families to provide much needed support, in addition to the clinical care the patients are already receiving.

“In addition to treating a patient’s medical symptoms, our palliative care team spends as much time as necessary communicating with both the patient and their family,” said Baliga. “The program is designed so that we can really help ensure all the patient’s needs are met. We’re able to help connect patients and their families to available resources that otherwise they may not have even known existed.”

“Our team at Archbold takes pride in the palliative care we provide. Every patient and situation is unique, and we strive to create the best treatment plans for each patient,” said Baliga.


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