Published on March 01, 2016

Feel better, live well

Palliative care puts you in control

palliative careAre you living with cancer or another advanced illness? Palliative care focuses on helping you feel your best, whether or not you’re getting treatment for your condition. And it’s all about giving you comfort and confidence as you live with a chronic condition.

Care that empowers

Mercy Home Health’s palliative care nurses will talk with you about your goals. And they’ll work with your doctors and care team to find solutions to help you live better.

“Palliative care empowers people,” says Donna Raziano, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Mercy Home Health.

It’s not the same as hospice care. Hospice is for people at the end of their lives. But you can receive palliative care at any time.

It’s often used by people with:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Kidney failure

Palliative care can help you feel in control of your life again. And it’s tailored to your goals. For instance, you might use it to help you:

  • Manage pain
  • Breathe better
  • Relieve side effects of treatment
  • Deal with the emotional stress of a serious illness

There’s even access to spiritual care if you want it. It’s about what matters to you. “Palliative care is about the quality of your life,” Dr. Raziano says.

How do you get it?

Just ask. Call Mercy Home Health at 1.888.690.2551. Or visit to learn more.