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Palliative Care

At Mercy, our Palliative Care team focuses on reducing a patient’s suffering and stress when they are going through any illness – regardless of how severe it is. Our team helps patients control pain and symptoms and can help develop goals and a plan for long-term care. We strive to improve the quality of life for those suffering from a chronic disease.  

Palliative Care Team

Many medical staff members work together to form our palliative care team. We coordinate your care plan to come up with the best solutions for each patient’s unique circumstances. Our team includes:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pastoral Care
  • Social Workers

How can Palliative Care help?

Palliative Care can help with all aspects of life for someone going through medical treatment for chronic illness, including:

  • Physical –pain, fatigue, nausea, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, constipation/diarrhea, difficulty sleeping
  • Emotional – anxiety, depression, stress, coping skills
  • Psychological – confusion, dementia
  • Spiritual – spiritual and emotional support, finding peace with your illness/diagnosis

How is Palliative Care different than Hospice?

While both areas provide comfort measures, hospice is generally reserved for those with a terminal illness in their last months of life. Palliative Care assists patients in improving day-to-day quality of life while living with a chronic disease. 

How do I meet with Palliative Care?

To request a consultation with Palliative Care, tell your health care provider that you would like to meet with the palliative care team. They can give you a referral. Palliative Care can be reached at (515) 643-4203 (inpatient care for those in the hospital) or (515) 643-4915 for our outpatient services.

(515) 247-3121
1111 6th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50314

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