Palliative Care Specialist

Apollo Medical


We believe that aggressive treatment is not always warranted especially when the body is weak and feeble, we at Apollo Medical believe in improving quality of life. If you or a loved one experiences a serious or life-threatening illness, palliative care is crucial. At Apollo Medical with locations in Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, internal medicine physician Katherine Hurst, MD, and her team offer specialized care for symptom relief and improved quality of life during ongoing medical treatments. Schedule a palliative care consultation with Apollo Medical by phone or online today.

Palliative Care Q & A

What is palliative care?

Palliative care at Apollo Medical is medical care focused on pain relief and a better quality of life for patients suffering from serious illnesses or diseases. It offers a layer of added support, and compliments ongoing medical treatment to ensure you or a loved one remains as comfortable as possible.

What is palliative care used for?

You or a family member can benefit from palliative care if you suffer from a serious illness or disease, such as:

  • Dementia
  • Cancer
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Heart disease
  • Bone marrow or blood disorders
  • Kidney failure
  • End-stage liver disease
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Lung disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Palliative care offers relief from unpleasant symptoms, like nausea, vomiting, chronic or severe pain, depression, anxiety, and fatigue, as well as constipation, breathing problems, sleeping issues, and anorexia. 

What should I expect during palliative care?

The first step of palliative care at Apollo Medical is a comprehensive consultation with the medical team. They review your medical history, current treatment plan, medications, and symptoms, and complete a physical exam to personalize your care plan.

Your provider might have you complete blood tests, urine tests, heart function tests, imaging procedures, or other diagnostic tests to monitor your health during palliative care. They work closely with specialists to ensure you or a loved one receives optimal care.

Which treatments are available?

Palliative care may consist of the following treatments:

  • Nutritional guidance
  • Medications
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Integrative therapies
  • Support groups
  • Counseling
  • Specialist referrals

During treatment you or a loved one receives symptom management, counseling, support, and advice. Your Apollo Medical provider can connect you with a palliative care chaplain, social worker, dietitian, psychologist, massage therapist, physical therapist, advanced directive specialist, or other team members with helpful information.

What is the outlook with palliative care?

The goal of palliative care is to keep you or a loved one comfortable during ongoing treatment. While some patients recover after being diagnosed with a serious or life-threatening illness, others do not. Your doctor gives you a better idea of what the expected outcome looks like based on the severity of your condition.

Don’t let you or a loved one live with pain, psychological stress, or distress associated with a serious illness. Schedule a palliative care consultation with Apollo Medical by phone or online today.