Seriously ill patients often respond better to medical care and live longer when they receive palliative care. Palliative care emphasizes quality of life while relieving complex pain and suffering, and works in concert with a patient's standard medical treatment. Patients with advanced illness or pain can benefit, regardless of whether an illness is curable.
North Shore University Hospital developed a family-centered palliative care unit that has private rooms, open visitation with unlimited visiting hours, and pet therapy. It incorporates comforting details like a music lending library and toys to put younger loved ones at ease.