Having a chronic or serious illness is hard. Patients look for support to manage symptoms of the illness such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, difficulty sleeping, depression and more. They may also be struggling with making decisions about their medical treatment or even carrying on with their daily activities.
Palliative Care offers support for these patients. The goal of palliative care is to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for people with serious illnesses. Rather than medicine to cure a disease or illness, palliative care provides the patient with more control and understanding when making choices over their care and treatments. It also focuses on providing relief from symptoms, such as pain. Palliative care allows the patient input in setting goals for their care. Although palliative care can be used for Hospice patients, the broader scope of palliative care includes all stages and types of illness to relieve or manage symptoms.
Palliative Care is provided at Palo Alto County Health System (PACHS) by Robert Weissinger, D.O., Chief Medical Officer of Hospice and Palliative Medicine of Mercy-North Iowa.
ROBERT WEISSINGER, D.O.
Dr. Weissinger sees patients at PACHS through a telemedicine conferencing system, a secure video and audio system. Scheduled appointments are held in a private consultation room where Dr. Weissinger and his patient can see and hear each other over a large flat screen monitor.
There is also room for a support person or family members who might want to attend the appointment.
If you feel that palliative care might be beneficial, and would like a referral or more information about this program at PACHS, please contact your local medical provider.