For some illnesses, the most effective care available might not aim to cure the disease but to manage the symptoms. Despite ongoing research and recent medical advancements, many illnesses still have no cure, which can lead to a person experiencing lifelong symptoms. Although there may currently be no cure, many people can benefit from palliative care to ease the symptoms. Some other curable illnesses that are chronic or are expected to progress over time can also use palliative care to help keep symptoms at bay. When a person is suffering from an advanced illness, managing their symptoms and the pain they may cause is crucial for their well-being.

Capital Caring understands how important it is to provide care that can help relieve some of the pain our patients feel. We offer palliative care services throughout the state of Virginia to ensure that we can provide this important type of care to those who need it. With these services, we can help patients create a plan that can give them a higher quality of life as they receive other treatments. 

When is Palliative Care Necessary? 

Many people think that palliative care is synonymous with hospice care. While you’ll often find the two working together, palliative care services extend beyond those who require hospice. Palliative care is available for many who are going through lifelong and progressive illnesses at any stage before hospice may even be a consideration. This is even an option for those who are continuing other treatments and have the possibility of recovering from their illness in the future. 

Through palliative care, patients can receive care for more than just the physical symptoms they may be experiencing. This can also provide some comfort for those seeking emotional support or help to complete day to day tasks that they are no longer able to do alone. Palliative care services may not only be useful for patients with advanced illnesses, but for their loved ones as well. These services are available for patients living at home, care facilities, in hospitals, or clinics. 

Some of the illnesses that often require palliative care include the following:

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

In addition, some of the symptoms that palliative care can help alleviate include:

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

Dedicated Palliative Care in Virginia

Feeling comfortable and having control over the type of care you receive can make a huge difference in the lives of patients with advanced illnesses and their loved ones. At Capital Caring, we know how difficult it can be to live with a serious illness and work to help better the lives of our patients. Our experienced and caring team of over 50 healthcare professionals in locations like Alexandria, Fredericksburg, and Richmond are prepared to help you find the care options that fit your needs best. 

When solutions are available that can help make everyday life more comfortable, no person should have to deal with the pain of living with an advanced illness. Finding the care that meets your needs can be a difficult part of living with illness or being a caregiver for someone with an illness. To learn more about how our palliative care services can help those with an advanced illness, contact us today.