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Palliative Care

SSM Health at Home's palliative care services improve a patient's quality of life by helping relieve the pain and symptoms caused by serious or chronic illness, such as cancer, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), kidney failure, Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke and other neurological diseases.

Symptoms We Can Help You With

  • Pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Depression

Palliative care can be provided at any stage of a serious or chronic illness, including at the same time as curative and life-prolonging treatments.

Family & Patient Support

With palliative care, you and your family also have an advocate for navigating the health-care system. The benefit is improved pain and symptom management and a better understanding of your treatment plan.

A board-certified medical director guides your in-home palliative care team, which may include nurses, social workers, home health aides, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, dieticians and clergy. SSM Health at Home’s palliative care team works with your physician, who remains responsible for coordinating and managing your overall medical care.

Our palliative care nurse visits during regular work hours to monitor and supervise your condition. SSM Health at Home has a nurse available by phone 24 hours a day to assist you or arrange a home visit, if necessary. Further, a social worker will support you and your caregiver by listening to and discussing difficult feelings and by assisting with practical matters such as informing you of community resources.

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