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Palliative & Supportive Care

Providing the Compassion & Resources you Need

Palliative and supportive care are specialized forms of medical care designed to improve quality of life for people with serious illness. It encompasses pain and symptom management; counseling for patients and families; support for patients making decisions about their treatment and goals of care; and care coordination among other services.

Palliative care is provided by a palliative care specialist in collaboration with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a serious illness and can be provided together with curative treatment.

The palliative care team at Touro helps patients and families with:

  • Advanced care planning
  • Discussing goals for care
  • Code status clarification
  • Hospice referral/evaluation
  • Symptom management
  • Illness trajectory education
  • Withdrawal of life prolonging treatments

Palliative care can assist through all stages of serious illness. It is best introduced early in a patient’s care and is provided at the same time as curative treatments.

For more information about Palliative Care Services at Touro, please contact Melissa Pennebaker, NP
Phone: 504.897.7014