Personal Care / Palliative Care

What is palliative care?

It is hard to live with a serious illness. You may feel lonely, angry, scared, or sad. You may feel that your treatment is doing more harm than good. You may have pain or other disturbing symptoms. Palliative care of Papaya care can help you and your loved ones cope with all of these things.

Palliative care is a kind of care for people who have serious illnesses. It is different from care to cure your illness, called curative treatment. Palliative care focuses on improving your quality of life-not just in your body, but also in your mind and spirit. Sometimes palliative care is combined with curative treatment.

The kind of care you get depends on what you need. Your goals guide your care. Palliative care can help reduce pain or treatment side effects. Palliative care may help you and your loved ones better understand your illness, talk more openly about your feelings, or decide what treatment you want or do not want. It can also help with communication among your doctors, nurses, and loved ones.

Why would I want palliative care?

Papaya care providers are interested in what is bothering you and what is important to you. We understand that your illness affects not just you, but also those you love. We will try to make sure that your medical care meets your goals for your body, mind, and spirit. We will also help you make future plans around your health and medical care.

Papaya care teams specialize in treating people suffering from the symptoms and stress of serious illnesses such as cancer, heart disease such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and many more. Symptoms may include depression, pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping and much more.

But the team will also spend time communicating deeply with you. They will give you control over your care by truly exploring your goals and helping you to understand your treatment options. They will help you gain the strength to carry on with daily life and improve your quality of life.

Who is involved in palliative care?

We will work together with your other doctors, you and your family. We will spend as much time as necessary communicating with you, your family and your other doctors. We support you and your family every step of the way. The core team includes doctor, nurse and social work palliative care specialists. Massage therapists, pharmacists, nutritionists, chaplains and others may also be part of the team.

To learn more about how Papaya Care can help you or your loved one, please use our contact form or give us a call.


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