Palliative care focuses on disease management for those diagnosed with a chronic disease such as cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF), liver disease and advanced dementia. Education about the disease process, patient/family support, and therapies to alleviate pain, discomfort and other symptoms interfering with quality of life are major aspects of a palliative care program. The aim of palliative care is to promote optimal health by helping individuals manage the progression of a disease with education, support, symptom management and restorative care.
University of Maryland Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton have designated Palliative Care Suites, designed for the comfort of patients and their family members when facing end-of-life. A specially trained nursing staff develops personalized plans for pain and symptom management, while also addressing the patients' emotional, spiritual and financial concerns.
Learn more about the Palliative Care Program at UM Shore Regional Health.