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Palliative Care | 734-712-6076

Palliative care is an approach to health care that focuses on relief of suffering and symptom management, rather than on curing disease. It is designed to help provide the highest quality of life possible for people with serious illnesses, or conditions that are life-limiting. Our team works with your own treatment team to provide care that relieves symptoms such as pain, nausea, or difficulty breathing. We may also provide support for a smooth transition from curative care to care that focuses more on comfort. Palliative care can be provided as an alternative to curative treatment, or in addition to treatment.

Palliative care is different from hospice care, and offers services such as:

  • Medication adjustments for better pain control
  • Outpatient consultation for oncology patients
  • Supportive counseling for patients and loved ones
  • Coordination of care with treating physicians and other team members
  • Integration of psychological and spiritual aspects of health care with the physical aspects
  • Information on the course of illness, options for care, and other health concerns
  • Creating a comforting, soothing environment for the seriously ill patient
  • Companionship for patients who are dying and are alone

Palliative care is currently available while you are in the hospital, 7 days a week. Nurses are on call during the day, and physicians can be paged through your bedside nurse after hours. Palliative Care is available at the request of your doctor or nurse. We are a team of skilled professionals in symptom management and care of serious illness, including:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Social workers
  • Chaplains

To find out more about SJMHS Palliative Care Program, contact us at:

SJMHS Palliative Care Program
5301 E. Huron River Dr., P.O. Box 995
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-0995

To give a tax-deductible donation to support the work of the SJMHS Palliative Care program, please contact our Development Office at 734-712-4040.

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