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How Palliative Care Can Help With Goals and Dreams

Palliative care can help you live well. Even when the end of your life is near, you can still try to live as well as possible. Remember to do the things that you love. For example, if you love to garden, you may still be able to garden if you do not overdo it.

Talk with your palliative care provider about what you feel you still need to do in your life. If you want to see the Grand Canyon, he or she may be able to help you to feel well enough to travel. If you want to reunite with your long-lost sister, your palliative care provider may be able to help you know how to reach out to her.

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Every person and every illness is unique. After you've asked your primary care doctor for a referral, you'll meet with your palliative care team to discuss your goals and desires during your illness. Once the members of your palliative care team understand your needs, they will work with your primary care doctor and other experts to create an individualized palliative care plan. The goals are: Relieve pain and other symptoms Address your emotional and spiritual concerns, and those of your...

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You may want to make a list of all the things you would like to do before you die. Your palliative care provider can then help you decide which things are realistic for you. Although it is not always possible to do everything you would like, your palliative care team may be able to help you do things you did not think were possible.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Shelly R. Garone, MD, FACP - Palliative Medicine
Last Revised December 29, 2011

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Last Updated: December 29, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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