Palliative Care

Piedmont Athens Regional Palliative Care Service helps patients who are suffering with a chronic or terminal illness.

Palliative care is focused on improving a patient's quality of life during their serious illness. It relieves symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping. It helps patients gain the strength to carry on with daily life. It improves their ability to tolerate medical treatments and it helps them better understand choices for care. It can be provided at any time during a person's illness, even during treatments to cure.

Palliative care benefits both patients and their families. Along with symptom management, communication and support for the family are key. The team of experts helps patients and families make medical decisions and choose treatments in line with their goals.

Our Palliative Care Team

Usually a team of experts, including palliative care doctors, nurses and social workers, provides this type of care. Chaplains, massage therapists, pharmacists, nutritionists and others might also be part of the team. Typically, you get non-hospice palliative care in the hospital through a palliative care program. Working in partnership with your primary doctor, the palliative care team provides:

  • Close, clear communication
  • Expert management of pain and other symptoms
  • Help navigating the healthcare system
  • Guidance with difficult and complex treatment choices
  • Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family

Piedmont Athens Regional Palliative Care service also offers suites for patients whose final transition will happen in the hospital. These suites provide a family room attached to the patient's room for extra comfort and support during this sacred time.

Since the program's start in September 2005, Palliative Care has helped thousands of patients and their families.

Contact Palliative Care

For more information about how we can help, read some frequently asked questions or learn about free consultations we are now offering.

Do you have questions about Palliative Care? Contact us at 706-475-3035.