What is palliative care?
To palliate means to ease suffering physically, emotionally and spiritually. Our 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.
As a patient with Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Dianne Rhein shared her thoughts about Palliative and Supportive Care Service as she journeyed with cancer. Dianne passed away on Sept. 8, 2012. It was her wish that her video messages continue to be shared with others:
when To consider palliative care
- When a new diagnosis of a serious illness is given
- For repeated hospital admissions (three or more in 12 months)
- For frequent emergency room visits
- When a medical condition begins to deteriorate
- When questions about surgery or other invasive procedures arise
Palliative and Supportive Care Service is here to help.
What We treat
We want you or your loved ones to live the best life possible. Working closely with you or your loved ones, the team helps address:
- Trouble breathing
- Poor appetite
- Difficulty sleeping
- Spiritual distress
Meet the teamOur professionals are:
- Nurse practitioners
- Social workers
They help you with:
- Establishing realistic goals
- Making difficult decisions
- Finding resources
- Encouraging quality of life
Advance Care Planning
We will help you clarify your goals for the future and discuss treatment options. We also can help you complete the Health Care Power of Attorney document and do not resuscitate orders and bracelet.
If you think palliative care might be of help to you or your loved one, please tell a member of your health care team or call 715-838-3224.