What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is a type of medical treatment that addresses pain and symptom management, advance care planning, caregiving, safety assessments, provision psychosocial and spiritual support, medication, health care systems, and alternative treatments. As a new but growing medical field, it is different from hospice care, which addresses only patients who have been diagnosed with six months or less to live.

Palliative care can be provided from the time of diagnosis. The amount of palliative care treatment can vary from person to person, depending on his/her situation. It is an extra layer of care that you can receive, as the palliative care team will work with your current health care providers.

Iyashi Care is a palliative care program that specifically caters to Japanese American and Japanese older adults who are living with advanced illnesses and/or debilitating or life-limiting symptoms.

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