Overview

Western Wisconsin Health provides palliative care to bring hope and relief to those with advanced and life-limiting illnesses. The goal of palliative care is to relieve suffering and to improve the overall comfort and quality of life for our patients and their families. We accomplish this through comprehensive assessment and treatment of physical symptoms, by comforting those in emotional and relational distress, and by offering spiritual support for those searching for meaning and purpose in this challenging time of life.

Palliative care may be helpful for you if:
You have a serious illness such as:
  • Cancer
  • Congestive heart failure
  • COPD
  • Kidney failure
  • Dementia or other advanced neurological disease
  • Other serious and life-limiting illnesses
You have recently had:
  • Frequent trips to the emergency room
  • Repeated hospitalizations
  • Treatments which are becoming ineffective
  • Weight loss and declining mental and physical function
You have symptoms of:
  • Pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Other difficult symptoms

An important focus of palliative care is to understand the patient and family values and preferences for their care and to have open honest communication concerning prognosis in order to establish clear goals of care.

For more information regarding Palliative Care services at WWH please call 715 684-1241.

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