What is Palliative Care?
To palliate means to ease suffering physically, emotionally and spiritually. At Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, the Palliative Care team sees you or your loved one as a whole person, not just someone with a disease. We want to build relationships with you and your loved ones throughout the course of an illness.
In each of the stories below, people are living with a serious disease that is ruling how they live their lives. With every change in condition, more decisions must be made. Palliative Care at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire is here to help.
Dianne's Story (Video)
The Palliative Care team:
- Helps establish realistic goals
- Assists in helping make difficult decisions
- Offers resources
- Encourages quality of life
Who We Are
Our professionally trained team is made up of:
- Nurse practitioners
- Social workers
What We Do
Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire’s Palliative Care team wants you or your loved one to live the best life possible. Working closely with you or your loved one, the team helps address:
- Trouble breathing
- Poor appetite
- Difficulty sleeping
- Spiritual distress
- Health care power of attorney
- Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) bracelets
- Community resources available to you and your loved ones
What might cause someone to consider Palliative Care?
- Repeated hospital admissions (3 or more in 12 months)
- Frequent emergency room visits
- A medical condition that is worsening
- Questions about having surgery or other invasive procedures
- A new diagnosis of a life-threatening disease
If you think the Palliative Care team might be of help to you or your loved one, please tell your nurse.