Are you or a loved one living with a serious illness? Palliative Care can help. Palliative care is specialized medical care focused on relieving the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage, and you can have it along with curative treatment. The goal is to improve your quality of life.

Do You Need Help with Symptoms and Stress from Parkinson’s Disease?

July 27, 2020

By Andy Esch, MD

Parkinson’s disease is a slowly progressing and long-lasting condition that can cause many challenges to those diagnosed and their families. In addition to affecting muscle movement, it can impact mood and cognitive abilities; involve pain; cause sleep disturbances and other distressing symptoms. While it’s not curable, much can be done to manage the disease and its symptoms. For example, patients and families can ask for a referral to a palliative care team — a medical team that focuses on improving quality of life and relief of symptoms and stress caused by living with serious illnesses.  … Read More

Surviving COVID-19: Bobye’s Experience at age 78

July 13, 2020

The COVID-19 virus is still circulating in the U.S. and millions of people are testing positive.  Thankfully, most who come down with COVID-19 don’t have to be hospitalized. Even so, for many the symptoms can be extensive and recovery can take weeks or months. 

Listen to one woman’s COVID-19 experience, including the palliative care she received that helped keep her at home, and how she coped through six weeks with more than a dozen different and debilitating symptoms.  

This is Bobye’s story. … Read More

Palliative Care Helps You Live With Congestive Heart Failure

June 28, 2020

By Andrew Esch, MD

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a serious illness that can take a toll on the quality of life of patients and their families. If you are living with CHF, you already know that it is a serious illness in which the heart is unable to pump blood properly. Palliative care can help.  … Read More

What to Know About Coronavirus If You Have Kidney Disease

June 13, 2020

As a new virus, there is limited information on the risk factors for COVID-19 (coronavirus). But data show that people of any age with serious medical conditions, such as kidney disease, might be at higher risk. This includes anyone with diabetes; undergoing dialysis for chronic kidney disease; or having a kidney transplant due to use of medicines that can weaken the immune system. And as much of the country begins to phase in routine activities, it’s more important than ever to remain safe and know what to do if you feel sick. … Read More

Coronavirus and Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia: What You Need to Know

June 1, 2020

While having dementia or Alzheimer’s disease aren’t known to increase the risk for coronavirus, other factors may. These include advanced age, and having additional serious medical conditions such as heart disease, respiratory illnesses, diabetes and kidney failure. In addition, infections in general are frequently missed among people with dementia, which could lead to worsening cognitive abilities. 

Also, depending on the stage of the disease, communication may be difficult. Since much of the time, a family member is the main caregiver, it’s important to have a plan to stay safe during this uniquely challenging and stressful time.   … Read More

Coronavirus: What to Know if You Have Congestive Heart Failure

May 26, 2020

Living with a serious illness like congestive heart failure (CHF) can be challenging on its own. Unfortunately, it also carries an increased risk of complications from the coronavirus. This surely adds another level of concern right now for you, your family and caregivers. It can be hard to know the cause of new or worsening symptoms, since several overlap. So it’s important to be as informed as possible, know when to communicate with your doctors – and when to call 9-1-1 for an emergency.  … Read More

Living Well with Serious Illness: Palliative Care Improves Quality of Life with Ovarian Cancer

May 18, 2020

As a speech language pathologist for young children, Ilene’s skills as an educator, careful listener and problem solver were keys to her career success. These factors also have played an important role for her through the many years she’s been treated for advanced ovarian cancer. It was a surprise diagnosis for the 68-year-old New Yorker that came in the fall of 2015 and changed her life dramatically.

She had a growing number of symptoms and side effects from treatments and surgery. When her cancer doctor referred Ilene to the palliative care team, Ilene didn’t know about the medical specialty. She had no idea how important it would be over the many years of her cancer journey, which included several recurrences. But ever-the-educator and problem solver, she went to the first appointment hoping for help to address many sources of discomfort.  … Read More

Pearls for Patients: Video Series Explains How Palliative Care Can Help

May 11, 2020

Are you or a loved one living with a serious illness? If so, it’s normal to have a lot of questions and uncertainty, especially when new words are thrown around by doctors about your health. Whether you have a recent diagnosis, or have been living with your illness for a period of time, you may need help understanding what everything means, from symptoms to side effects, treatment options, and more.

Where can you get this kind of help?  One way is with a referral to a palliative care team.   … Read More