What is a Palliative Care Program?

"I don't have to be in pain."

"Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life for patients and their families through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual."  — World Health Organization, 2006

Often called comfort care, the goal of our palliative care program is to provide treatment for pain and other problems through a combination of early identification, assessment and pain management. This approach can be used to treat individuals with chronic illness such as: severe arthritis, multiple sclerosis, life-limiting, long-term illness, and life-threatening conditions that result in hospital readmissions. 

Our palliative care program is available in the home, or wherever you reside. The dedicated and caring healthcare professionals at VNA Health Group bring their skilled care and compassion to help families with pain management in NJ.

What you should know about palliative care

  • Offers support at any stage of illness to patients whose quality of life is suffering, regardless of life expectancy
  • Focuses on symptom control and pain management
  • Can be used in conjunction with your physician's program of curative care
  • Supports a collaborative approach between patient, family, physician and your palliative care team
  • Treats the whole person with physical, mental and emotional pain management
  • Can be appropriate early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies
  • Is available in the home or other place of residence, in the hospital, as well as for continuous care

To learn more about how our palliative care program can help you and your loved ones click here, or call us at 800-400-0981 for more information and read our FAQs about palliative care.


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