Learning more about ‘comfort care’ after Barbara Bush passes

ST. LOUIS, MO — Funeral services for former first lady Barbara Bush will be held Saturday in Houston. She passed away Tuesday evening at the age of 92 at her home in Texas from heart failure and other complications.  Her death came days after it was announced that Mrs. Bush would cease medical care and transition to "comfort care" for her final days.

Palliative care nurse Jennifer Johnson from SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital says that comfort care focuses on managing patients' symptoms to keep them comfortable and retain their dignity.

SSM Health at Home's palliative care services improve a patient's quality of life by helping relieve the pain and symptoms caused by serious or chronic illness, such as cancer, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), kidney failure, Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke and other neurological diseases.

Symptoms We Can Help You With

  • Pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Depression

Palliative care can be provided at any stage of a serious or chronic illness, including at the same time as curative and life-prolonging treatments.

To learn more about SSM Health Palliative Care, click here.