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Palliative Care Services

What is Palliative Care?
Broadlawns Palliative Care is a specialized care team that aims to relieve suffering, improve quality of life, optimize function, and assist with decision making for patients with advanced illness. Palliative Care is offered simultaneously with all other appropriate medical treatment.

Palliative care is provided by a team of staff members who work collaboratively with a patient’s other doctors to provide: 

  • Expert treatment of pain and other symptoms.
  • Open discussion about treatment choices, including treatment for the disease and management of symptoms and quality of life goals.
  • Coordination of care with all of the patient’s healthcare providers.
  • Emotional/spiritual support for the patient and family.

Palliative Care is not hospice care. Hospice care is specialized care that is limited to patients whose their life expectancy is less than 6 months and the doctor has elected to focus on comfort measures and forgo curative treatment. Palliative care can be received by patients at any time, at any stage of illness whether it be terminal or not.

Palliative Symptom Assessment
The Broadlawns Palliative Care team will meet with you and your family to:

  1. Determine the patient and family’s goals of care and help to develop advance directive. 
  2. Assess functional status and physical ability to tolerate different treatment modalities and routes of medication administration.

What is an Advance Directive?
An advance directive is a legal document that protects your right to refuse medical treatment that you do not want, or to request treatment that you do want, in the event you are unable to make decisions yourself. Advance directives can also identify someone to make healthcare choices for you.

Receiving Palliative Care
Don’t wait to get the help you deserve. If you think you need palliative care, ask for it now. Tell your primary care provider that you would like to add palliative care specialists to your treatment team and request a consultation.

For more information on this service, please call: (515) 282-5700

Our medical providers include:
Julie Schuck, ARNP
Yogesh Shah, MD, MPH, FAAFM

1801 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50314-1597 | Phone 515-282-2200
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