Siblings of Children with Serious Illnesses
WebMD explains palliative care teams, also known as pediatric advanced care (PAC) teams, that partner with families to address the range of typical emotions that siblings of a seriously ill child may experience.
Managing Pain: Beyond Drugs
There are a number of non-drug therapies and techniques to ease the pain of a life-threatening illness. These include massage, relaxation, acupuncture, gel packs, physical therapy, and pet therapy.
When Is Palliative Care Appropriate?
Palliative care includes Hospice support for the dying but also improves life quality for a broad range of patients living with chronic diseases and for their families and caregivers.
Journey's End: Active Dying
A guide for caregivers whose loved one is dying. Topics include symptoms of approaching death, when to say goodbye, and resources for caregivers of dying patients.
Pain Medications for Palliative Care
Medications can ease the pain of a life-threatening illness.
The Palliative Care Team
A close look at who's on the palliative care team, the services the team provides, and a suggested list of questions to ask your palliative care team members.
How to Find Palliative Care
Information and resources to help people find qualified palliative care providers in their local areas.
Advance directives are legally binding and tell doctors what life extending measures you want taken, or not taken, if you are unable to communicate. Medical power of attorney designates a person to make decisions not covered in your advance directives.
Hospice improves life quality for those no longer seeking a cure for their illness. WebMD provides an overview of hospice, including where to find it and how to set goals for the end of life.
Tube Feeding: Living With a Feeding Tube
Your body needs nutrition to stay strong and help you live a healthy life. If you're unable to eat, or if you have an illness that makes it hard to swallow food, you may need a feeding tube. The tube is surgically inserted into your stomach and is used to give food, liquids, and medicines. Depending on why you need a feeding tube, you may have it for several weeks or months or for the rest of your life. Having a feeding tube means learning new skills and adopting new routines. You'll need to learn how to use and care for the tube, and how to avoid common problems. Key PointsA feeding tube is inserted during a surgery called percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG). After the surgery, you'll have a 6- to 12-inch tube coming out of your belly. Foods, liquids, and medicines are given using the tube. The food is a mixture (formula) made up of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Keeping the tube clean is very important. Adjusting to using a feeding tube takes time.