Palliative Care is a relatively new specialty of medicine that focuses on helping people with serious illnesses by:
Palliative Care is different from hospice in that Palliative Care providers ideally get involved early in the disease process and can provide support and guidance even if the disease is stable or improving. They are involved throughout the duration of treatment no matter what the outcome might be.
In some hospital systems, the Palliative Care team is referred to as Supportive Care Medicine. If you believe that you or a loved one could benefit from this type of care, ask any of your treating physicians if your health system has a Palliative Care or Supportive Care Medicine team to which they could refer you.
Why would I need a private consultation with Dr. Reeve?
-- If your health system does not have a palliative care team
-- If you generally like to avoid western medicine and prefer more alternative approaches
-- If you have already seen a palliative care doctor and were hoping to have a different experience
-- If you already have a doctor managing your medications but you want more time for discussion, preparation, planning, and guidance
-- If you would like the convenience of having a physician come to your home for discussions with you and your family
-- If you would like to learn more about the End Of Life Options Act and physician aid-in-dying