Palliative care

Medical care or treatment that concentrates on reducing the severity of disease symptoms, rather than providing a cure. The goal is to prevent and relieve suffering and to improve quality of life for people facing serious, complex illness. Sometimes incorrectly used as a synonym for hospice care, which itself may employ palliative care steps in a person’s final stages. Also, hospice is a Medicare Part A benefit, which requires a more highly regulated environment.

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Feb. 14

Winter wish

Massachusetts

Brookdale Senior Living resident Eleanor "Ellie" Ross recently got to ski again thanks to a Brookdale partnership with two-time Olympic skier Jeremy Bloom.