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Our palliative care team provides comfort and support for patients who have severe illnesses.

Palliative care offers patients and their families assistance with symptom management, advanced care planning and helps address complex system management issues.

Palliative Care at Olathe Health

Palliative care is specialized medical care that provides relief from symptoms, pain and distress for patients who have serious illnesses. Palliative care offers patients and their families assistance with symptom management, advanced care planning and address complex system management issues. 

Palliative care is available to patients of any age who have a serious or life-threatening illness, such as cancer, stroke, kidney failure or dementia. Patients appropriate for a palliative care include those considering hospice, as well as those who are interested in continued aggressive chronic or advanced disease management.


What does palliative care include?

Palliative care can help a patient and their family with the symptoms and treatments below, as well as provide other aspects of care.
 

Physical problems. Symptoms or side effects include:

  • Pain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of appetite and nausea

Treatments may include:

  • Medicine
  • Nutritional guidance
  • Physical or occupational therapy

Emotional, social, and coping problems. Patients and their families can face stress during illness that can lead to fear, anxiety, hopelessness, or depression. Family members may have to become caregivers, even if they have jobs and other responsibilities.

Treatments may include:

  • Counseling
  • Support groups
  • Family meetings
  • Referrals to mental health providers

 

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