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Neuropalliative care is a field of medicine focused on improving the quality of life for patients and families living with serious neurologic disease.
Neuropalliative care involves a holistic approach to care, with attention to a person's emotional, spiritual, as well as medical needs. Neuropalliative care is not only for patients near the end of life but at any stage of their illness.
Services provided include:
- Symptom management for neurologic disease, including pain management.
- Help for patients and families to plan for the future, including continuing or changing course of treatment, anticipating future physical and emotional changes, and completion of advance care directives.
- Emotional and spiritual support for patients, families, and caregivers.
- Help with managing transitions in care, including to home health and hospice when appropriate.
Our neuropalliative care program is led by Dr. Cara Siegel, a neurologist and palliative medicine specialist.
Dr. Siegel sees patients with stroke, movement disorders including Parkinson's Disease, brain tumors and cancers with brain metastases, ALS and other neuromuscular diseases, multiple sclerosis, dementia, and more.
Dr. Siegel’s care and treatment are often in collaboration with other caregivers and neurologists. Neuropalliative care may be a one-time visit or ongoing care, depending on the needs of the patient and family.
To schedule a visit with the Neuropalliative Care Clinic, please call 310-794-1195 or ask your physician for a referral to the UCLA Neuropalliative Care Clinic. We look forward to meeting you and working together to develop your care plan.
We know you want to learn all you can about your health and we hope you’re comfortable bringing your questions to our neurologists and our skilled and caring staff. We’ve also assembled a library of documents and videos here and will continue to add to this library to provide more content for you.
Palliative care: Bringing Comfort
What is palliative care?
Palliative care methods for controlling pain
Home health, hospice and elder care
What is hospice care?
Paying for long-term care, home health care, and hospice care
The dying process
Important decisions to be made in the dying process