Care for people of all ages who have a serious or life-threatening illness is called palliative care. Specialists and dedicated staff help manage your disease symptoms and side effects of treatment. The goal at North Shore-LIJ Health System is to improve your quality of life and promote better healing.

Palliative care services at North Shore-LIJ

Palliative care physicians at North Shore-LIJ work with your primary care physician, surgeon or pain specialist to coordinate services with your medical care. Palliative services relieve symptoms including:

  • Acute pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
  • Sleep problems
  • Weight loss (cachexia)

Palliative care can improve your quality of life in several ways, including:

  • Expert management of pain and other symptoms
  • A variety of treatment options including drugs, medical care and psychosocial therapies
  • Open communication with all your health care providers about treatment plans
  • Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family during and after your treatment

North Shore-LIJ teams provide palliative care services throughout the metropolitan New York area, including:

  • Brooklyn
  • The Bronx
  • Manhattan
  • Nassau County
  • Queens
  • Staten Island
  • Suffolk County

Hospice care services at North Shore-LIJ

Hospice care is individualized care for people who are in the last stages of a serious illness. Experienced, caring hospice professionals provide medical care, spiritual services and emotional support for patients and their families. The philosophy is to help make them as comfortable as possible as they go through this difficult time.