Comfort Care for Quality of Life

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care is comprehensive treatment of the discomfort, symptoms and stress of a serious illness. It does not replace primary treatment, and can work together with other treatments to ease pain or other discomfort and allow you to better live your life.

Palliative Care provides relief from distressing symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, problems with sleep, and many other symptoms. It can also help you deal with side effects of medications or treatments you may be receiving. Perhaps, most importantly, Palliative Care can help improve your quality of life.

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice provides Palliative Care to more than 25 towns in the Lake Sunapee, Upper Valley and Connecticut Valley regions of New Hampshire, including Acworth, Andover, Bradford, Canaan, Charlestown, Claremont, Cornish, Croydon, Danbury, Elkins, Enfield, Georges Mills, Goshen, Grafton, Grantham, Hanover, Langdon, Lebanon, Lempster, New London, Newbury, Newport, Plainfield, Salisbury, Springfield, Sunapee, Sutton, Unity, Warner, Washington and Wilmot.

A Team Approach to Patient-Centered Care

Working closely with your primary care provider, the Palliative Care team incorporates symptom control into every part of your treatment. Members of the team include physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, spiritual care provider or chaplain, pharmacists and others.

Palliative Care:

  • Expert treatment of pain and other symptoms for the best relief possible
  • Open discussion about treatment choices, including treatment for your disease and management of symptoms
  • Coordination of your care with all your health providers
  • Emotional support for you and your family