Palliative care is an area of healthcare that focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients – young and old alike. Unlike hospice care
, palliative medicine is appropriate for patients in all disease stages, including those undergoing treatment for curable illnesses and those living with chronic diseases, as well as patients who are nearing the end of life.
Palliative medicine utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, relying on input from physicians,pharmacists, nurses, chaplains, social workers, psychologists and other healthcare professionals in developing a plan of care to relieve suffering in all areas of the child’s life. This multidisciplinary approach allows the palliative care team to address physical, emotional, spiritual and social concerns that arise with advanced illness.