Palliative Care

Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is specialized care for people with serious illnesses such as cancer, cardiac disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Palliative care is almost always a team approach to care; typically, the team consists of physician, nurse, therapists, and others. Massage therapists, pharmacists, nutritionists, chaplains and others may be part of the team. The team partners with the patient, family and other doctors.

Palliative care is appropriate at any age and any stage in a serious illness and can be combined with curative treatments. The focus is on providing patients with relief from both stress and symptoms with the goal of enhancing quality of life for both patient and family. Palliative care improves the patient’s ability to tolerate medical treatments; and it helps patients develop more control over their own care by fostering understanding of treatment options.

The following hospitals and other agencies provide information and referrals and/or palliative care.

(207) 989-1567

735 Wilson Street, Brewer, ME, United States

Services:  Brewer Medical Center offers care management, family medicine, mental health, orthopedics, osteopathic manipulation therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, podiatry, walk-in care, and x-ray services.