Palliative Care

St. Camillus Palliative Care

Curative medicine is meant to cure disease. Palliative care is meant to make the patient more comfortable. To palliate is “to make a disease or its symptoms less severe or unpleasant without removing the cause.” The palliative care movement was born from hospice medicine and the two are related, yet separate. Hospice care is specifically available to individuals with a life-limiting condition with a prognosis of 6 months or less. Palliative care, on the other hand, is available to people at any stage of a serious illness rather than being limited to the final phase.

 

Palliative Care focuses on relieving symptoms that are related to chronic illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s and other dementias, AIDS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and other neurological diseases. Treatment options are not limited when people choose palliative care and aggressive modalities are sometimes employed alongside.  Special medications and non-pharmacologic interventions promote comfort and can alleviate potential side effects of curative treatments like chemotherapy or hemodialysis. Palliative care may also be used by people who no longer wish to go to the hospital for treatment but wish to be kept comfortable wherever they call home.  Palliative Care services are typically provided through regular physician, nursing, and aide visits; other team members may include dietician, therapy, or social services.

Our compassionate team focuses on the individual's goals and wishes.

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Main Office:

St. Camillus

Address:  10101 W. Wisconsin Ave.

                   Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Phone:  414.259.8630

Satellite Office:

St. Camillus at School Sisters of

St. Francis - Sacred Heart

Address:  1545 South Layton Blvd.

                   Milwaukee, WI 53215

Contact Sandy - scalawerts@stcam.com

Phone:  414.258.2418