Suffering from an advanced illness can significantly decrease the quality of a person’s life. For many advanced illnesses, they aren’t able to be cured quickly. Because of this, we often see people dealing with long term symptoms or illnesses that currently have no cure. Many illnesses are also expected to get worse over time. This can make life incredibly difficult for not only the person dealing with severe illness but for their loved ones who may be caregivers. 

The physical and emotional effects of an advanced illness can be incredibly difficult to deal with for everyone involved. To help reduce the negative effects that illness can bring, palliative care is available. This can be used by people with advanced illnesses, as well as their loved ones, to help manage symptoms, pain, and stress caused by illness. At Capital Caring, we can provide this service to those going through advanced illnesses in Maryland. 

How Does Palliative Care Work?

The main goal of palliative care is to relieve some of the pain that a person’s illness causes them. Palliative care can look different for each person. While people with advanced illnesses may have similar symptoms, what services they need to be at their best varies. The services you get through palliative care aren’t limited to only treating the physical effects of palliative care, either. In many cases, the emotional pain caused by illness is just as bad, if not worse, than the physical. Because of this, many people use palliative care for emotional and spiritual support, in addition to the medical care they need from it. 

Contrary to many people’s belief, palliative care is not the same as hospice care. Although it’s common that a person has palliative care while they’re in hospice, it’s open to those who have no intentions of entering the end of life care as well. Palliative care may not be the only type of treatment a person is going through, either. You can choose to receive palliative care at the same time you’re pursuing curative treatment. Someone might choose to go on and off of palliative care as needed and may eventually stop altogether if their illness is cured. 

People with a wide variety of illnesses can choose to have palliative care. Some illnesses that are common among those using palliative include:

  • Cancer
  • Dementia
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Lung disease
  • Neurological disease

Additionally, if you or a loved one are suffering from the following due to an advanced illness, you may consider palliative care:

  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue 
  • Pain
  • Nausea and vomiting

Palliative Care in Maryland 

Having an advanced illness yourself or caring for someone who does can be one of the most stressful and heartbreaking things a person can go through. During times like this, it’s important that you can rely on a team of healthcare professionals who care about your wellbeing. If pain and stress from illness are taking away from your life, Capital Caring’s team of healthcare professionals is here to help you through it.

We have two locations in Maryland, one being in Largo and the other in Montgomery County, to help provide these services to those who need them. To learn more about our palliative care services, contact us today.