Palliative Care

Palliative care:  improving quality of life
Palliative care offers specialized medical care for people suffering from the symptoms and stress of serious illnesses such as cancer, congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and many more.  
Symptoms may include depression, pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping and much more.   Palliative care focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Dr. Marcus Roberts and a team of medical professionals provide outpatient palliative care at Affinity Clinic and are available for  inpatient consultations at Tift Regional Medical Center.   Dr. Roberts also works with Hospice of Tift Area on home visits for hospice patients and will soon offer home visits for palliative care patients.
A partnership of care
The team includes a physician, nurse practitioner, registered nurses, social workers and chaplains.   Dr. Roberts and the palliative care team work together with the patient’s physicians to provide an extra layer of support as well as to enhance quality of life and maintain function.   Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.  Both inpatient and outpatient services are available.
Dr. Roberts and the palliative care team will spend time communicating deeply with you. They will give you control over your care by truly exploring your goals and helping you to understand your treatment options. They will help you gain the strength to carry on with daily life and improve your quality of life.
Talking to your provider
If you or a loved one is facing a serious illness, you may benefit from palliative care. Speak to your provider, and ask for a referral.  
Provider referrals
Physicians and advanced practice providers can make a referral by calling 229-391-4426. 
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