When you have a serious illness such as cancer, COPD, CHF or Parkinson’s disease, day-to-day life can be difficult. It can be hard to have a good day. Palliative Care can provide you with the support and relief you need to have more good days.
Palliative Care is provided by a specially-trained team that works together to improve quality of life for you and your family. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a serious illness and is provided along with all other treatment for that illness.
What Can You Expect?
Your Palliative Care team is made up of medical and social service professionals who communicate with your primary care doctor. They will spend time getting to know you so they can understand your goals and help you make healthcare choices that will achieve those goals.
Palliative Care includes relief from pain, stress and other symptoms, such as shortness of breath, anxiety, nausea, poor appetite and fatigue. You will receive guidance in making important and sometimes difficult healthcare decisions.
This means you can:
- Understand your illness better
- Talk openly about your feelings
- Decide what treatment you want or don’t want
- Communicate better with your doctors, nurses and family
- Have visits right in your own home or at Derry Medical Center
Palliative Care goes beyond your illness and provides an extra layer of support for you as a whole person, as well as your loved ones.
Meet Derry Medical Center’s Palliative Care Provider
Kate Jenkins, APRN
Kate leads the Palliative Care team for DMC. In addition to her training as a nurse practitioner, Kate also has specialized training in Palliative Care. She brings knowledge and compassion to patients who are living with serious illnesses to help them achieve and maintain their highest quality of life. This means managing clinical needs such as connecting with doctors, explaining medicines and discussing treatment options with patients and their families. It also means coordinating any physical, emotional and/or spiritual support services. Kate and her team’s main purpose is to make sure the patient’s goals and needs are being met.