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The Hospital of Central Connecticut's Wolfson Palliative Care Program is a consult service assisting with the ongoing care needs of patients with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. These diseases may include cardiac, pulmonary, kidney, central nervous system, hematological, cancer or other conditions.
Living with chronic illness can affect individuals in unique ways, depending on the underlying disease. Many experience physical symptoms associated with disease progression: pain, shortness of breath, changes in appetite and decline in physical activity.
Conducting a comprehensive assessment and treating distressing physical symptoms is a priority for the Wolfson Palliative Care service; as untreated physical symptoms can affect an individual's emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being.
What is palliative care?
Palliative care focuses on relieving pain and other symptoms of serious illness. Palliative care is appropriate at any point in a serious or life-threatening illness, even while receiving curative and life-prolonging treatment.
Palliative care is provided by an interdisciplinary team that includes the patient and the patient's designated other, primary physician, and a specially trained staff of physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy, and others as needed.
Palliative care and hospice care have similar values. Palliative care evolved from the hospice philosophy, and yet is different. Hospice care focuses on individuals with a limited life expectancy who no longer seek treatments to cure their disease.
Palliative care can be provided at the time of diagnosis or at any time during the illness, including during treatment.
Download our "What is Palliative Care?" brochure