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Welcome to Living with Serious Illness, a community resource website sponsored by Hospice of the Valley and Palliative Care Center Silicon Valley.

Are you caring for someone with a serious illness? If so, you've come to the right place! We have created this website as a family caregiver resource, to help the seriously ill and their families learn how to live as comfortably as they can within the context of their disease. Whether you need tips on handling the medical and physical aspects of care (e.g., pain management, nutrition and eating), are concerned about emotional or spiritual issues (e.g., grief, hope, family conflict), or simply want to know about important legal and financial decisions, seriousillness.org/santaclaracounty is the place to turn. We even have a listing of local, state, and national programs that offer services and support.

It's true. Caring for an ailing family member can be one of the saddest and most difficult experiences in a family's history together. Yet, it can also be one of a family's most fulfilling, meaningful, and intimate experiences. A lot of love, and even laughter, can be shared as the patient and family learn to live fully now while preparing for tomorrow. It's a balancing act, to be sure. But with education and support, you can enhance the quality of all the time you have left together, whether it's years, months, weeks, or days.

If you have questions regarding services provided by Hospice of the Valley and Palliative Care Center Silicon Valley, please do not hesitate to call us at 1.408.559.5600 or email us at info@hospicevalley.org. We'd be honored to help!