Providing Compassionate Care for Life-limiting Illnessess
Inpatient Palliative Care
UnityPoint Health - Trinity's Palliative Care is here to help you and your family receive the best care for serious, ongoing illnesses during your stay in the hospital. The team - including doctors, registered nurses, social workers and chaplains - works with you and your doctor to address any physical, psychosocial, emotional or spiritual issues.
Our services are for people with possibly life-limiting illnesses, such as cancer, advanced heart disease, advanced lung disease, stroke with serious damage, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), diseases of the nervous system, liver disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
The goal of Palliative Care is to improve your quality of life and support your healthcare choices, whether or not you choose to pursue aggressive treatment for your illness. Palliative Care works alongside aggressive treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, depending on what you and your doctor decide is good for you.
Palliative Care is different from Hospice. Hospice care is for people approaching the last stages of life. Palliative Care is for any stage of a serious illness.
How do I request Palliative Care?
Talk with your doctor if you feel Palliative Care would help you or your loved one. Your doctor and the UnityPoint Health - Trinity Palliative Care team will talk with you to decide if palliative care is right for you. Our committed Palliative Care team wants to provide you with the care we would like our loved ones to receive within our hospital.
Outpatient Palliative Care services are covered by some private insurance plans.
For more information, please call our team at phone: (515)574-6845.
Dr. Tim Ihrig, MD
UnityPoint Health - Trinity
Palliative Care Medical Director