Palliative care provides medical and psychosocial support to patients and families who are affected by serious illness, including movement disorders. Palliative care addresses a number of challenges associated with Parkinson’s disease, including pain, constipation, weakness, fatigue, depression and cognitive difficulties, and offers a support system to help you live as actively as possible, even with progressive and advanced disease.
Palliative care at the Northwestern Medicine Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center is provided by a Feinberg-affiliated clinical team of specially trained caregivers who work together to provide extra support for you and your family. They are located in the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Lavin Family Pavilion.
For more information, call 312.695.7950.
Understanding Palliative Care
Palliative care can improve your quality of life at any stage of disease. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage of your illness, and can be provided alongside your treatment.
By starting the discussion earlier in the disease process, you can ensure that advanced disease treatment and end-of-life care are delivered according to your needs and wishes.
Palliative care may provide relief from pain and other distressing symptoms, and may reduce visits to the hospital.
Your palliative care team will work with your physician to provide support alongside your treatment.
For more information, call the Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Center at 312.695.7950.