Palliative care is specialty care focused on support for the best possible quality of life for patients and their families facing serious illness. This type of care optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing and treating suffering. It emphasizes the comprehensive management of a patient’s physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual needs.
Hours & Location
Patients are treated according to need and the location of appointments is arranged as an individual treatment plan is designed.
- Specialized medical treatment
- Emotional support and help coordinating your care
- Pain management
- Alternate therapies such as acupuncture, Reiki, and massage therapy
- Spiritual support and companionship
Palliative care team at APD:
Shagun Saggar, MD, Board-Certified in Palliative Care
Lisa Stebbins, Director Cardiopulmonary and Sleep Services
The Rev, Dr. Guy Collins, Trustee, Chaplain
Peggy Cooper, Volunteer Services Coordinator
Anne Harms, Volunteer
Is Palliative Care “End-of-Life” Care?
Palliative care can be a part of end-of-life care if a patient chooses. But palliative care is also for people with serious and chronic health conditions. The goal of palliative care at APD is to achieve the best possible quality of life for our patients through relief of suffering, control of symptoms, and restoration of functional capacity while remaining sensitive to personal, cultural and religious values, beliefs, and practices. Our team takes time to listen to each patient's needs and preferences.
Patients Who Often Benefit from Palliative Care
- People with acute, serious, and life-threatening illness (such as severe trauma, leukemia, or acute stroke) for whom cure or reversibility is a realistic goal. Palliative care can help when the conditions and their treatments pose significant burdens and result in poor quality of life.
- People living with progressive chronic conditions, such as peripheral vascular disease, malignancies, chronic lung disease, renal or liver failure, stroke with significant impairment, neurodegenerative disorders and dementia.
- People living with chronic and life-limiting injuries from accidents or other trauma.
- Seriously and terminally ill patients who are unlikely to recover or stabilize and for whom intensive palliative care can become the predominant focus and goal of care for the remainder of their lives.