Our Palliative Care Team works together with a patient’s other doctors, providing an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.
Having a palliative care consult may be right for you if:
- you are living with a serious illness that is causing you pain, stress, or other uncomfortable symptoms such as nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of appetite, insomnia
- you would like to better understand and receive guidance about your illness and treatment options
- you would like to tailor your medical care to be in alignment with your values, goals and wishes
- you would like assistance in planning for future care needs
- Management of pain and other symptoms
- Assistance in helping you determine what is important to you and what your goals are
- Helping you plan for future care needs
- Helping you understand your illness, the disease process, and possible complications that may arise
- Assisting with advance care directives such as Medical Power of Attorney and POLST (Physician’s Orders for Life Sustaining Treatments)
- Providing you with community resources for
- additional supportive services for home setting
- emotional and spiritual support and counseling
- grief and bereavement support and counseling
- integrative therapies such as massage, acupuncture, Reiki
- Assistance with transitioning to end of life care if or when appropriate
Palliative Care services can become involved at any stage of a serious or life-threatening illness, where as hospice care is reserved for patients who are nearing the end of life.
Maine State Advance Directive Form
An interactive site to help you make medical decisions and fill out an advance directive:
For more information about palliative care.
Video “Being Mortal”
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