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Healthcare Consortium Palliative Care
518-822-8820
www.columbiahealthnet.org
Palliative Care

The Partnership for Palliative Care consists of a team of health care and other professionals who collaborate to promote palliative/supportive care, and advocate for access to care.

Our aim is to facilitate understanding about advanced illness and end-of-life care by assisting with discussions on :

palliative/supportive care
hospice care
spiritual concerns
health care proxy/ advanced directives
legal and financial matters
ethical dilemmas and resolutions


What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care comforts and supports individuals who are living with, and possibly dying from, life-threatening illness. It is the combination of active medical and compassionate therapies that address their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. Palliative care may be combined with therapies aimed at reducing or curing illness (pre-hospice) or it may be the total focus of the care (hospice). The goal of palliative care is to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients and families experiencing advanced chronic or life-limiting illness.

Palliative Care is an evolving medical specialty focused on relief of pain, stress and other debilitating symptoms of serious illness. Advocacy for the dignity of the patient and family during medical treatments is a key goal, as resources are pulled together, communication is improved, and a team is created to provide compassionate and individualized care.

Why Palliative Care?

Palliative Care is an evolving medical specialty focused on relief of pain, fear, anxiety and other debilitating symptoms of serious illness. Palliative Care advocates for the dignity of the patient and family during medical treatments. The goal is to pull resources together, improve communication, and create a team to provide compassionate and individualized care.

Embracing the philosophy of Palliative Care, the Partnership was
formed in 2003 to make Palliative Care an available health care
option in our communities.

Coaching Available

Illness can overwhelm us and seem like a never-ending crisis. The Partnership for Palliative Care can put you in touch with coaches, who will help to resolve individual situations by guiding you to the knowledge you need to make the choices that are necessary and right for you.

These coaches will provide information about care options and answer your questions. They will also speak with your physicians if it is requested.

Our coaches are volunteers and the service is free.
Coaches are available by phone only.
Call 518-822-8820 and ask for NY Connects, Columbia County, and Palliative Care Help.

Donations are welcomed.To make a donation to the coaching service, go to the home page where there is a link to "Donate Now."

For more information, call the Healthcare Consortium
(518) 822-8820.

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