Loring Hospital

What is Palliative Medicine?

Palliative medicine is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and their family. 

Palliative Medicine is a different voice in healthcare so patients can find their own. What does palliative medicine provide?

  • Relief from pain, shortness of breath and other distressing problems

  • A support system to help patients live as well and actively as possible

  • Support, resources, and guidance to families during a patient's illness

  • Information and education to better understand your illness and learn about treatment options

  • Empowerment to be in control of your life and having choices

  • Ensures your wishes, goals, and choices are identified, respected, and honored at any age of stage of your illness

  • Allows you to be able to make informed decisions

We work with your local doctors to provide you relief from symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness. Nichole Schroeder, ARNP from UnityPoint Clinic Palliative Medicine - Fort Dodge, is available to see patients in our outpatient center and inpatient care. 

Talk to your doctor or call (712) 662-6423 to talk to the Loring palliative care team to learn more.