What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is specialized medical care
for people with serious or chronic illness. It focuses on providing relief
from the symptoms, pain, and stress of the illness. Our priority is to
make you comfortable and improve quality of life for you and your family.
Palliative care is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses,
social workers, chaplains, and other specialists who work together with
your doctor to provide an extra layer of care and support. Palliative
care is appropriate at any age and at any stage of chronic or serious
illness and can be provided along with curative treatment. Hospice, care
at the end of life, always includes palliative care, however you may receive
palliative care services at any stage of an illness.
The Palliative Care Team Will Work To
Treat your pain and other symptoms.
Educate you and your family in an effort to promote understanding of the disease
process and the expected future course of your illness.
Establish an environment that promotes your cultural, spiritual and religious needs.
Engage you and your family to participate in the medical decision making process.
Develop a plan of care that promotes your quality of life and maintains the dignity
Who Is My Palliative Care Team?
Physician will manage the pain and symptoms associated with your disease. He or
she will also discuss your disease progression and can assist you with
advance care planning, review treatment options and help you develop goals of care.
Social Worker provides emotional support to you and your family as you cope with a new
life limiting diagnosis or progression of an advanced disease.
Nurse provides valuable resources and education, keeping you well informed and
prepared to make important decisions about your care.
Chaplain is available to both you and your family for religious or spiritual support
and prayer. The Palliative Care Team works in partnership with your own
doctor to provide an extra layer of support for you and your family.
The Palliative Care Team works in partnership with your own doctor to provide
an extra layer of support for you and your family.
Is Palliative Care The Same As Hospice?
No, hospice is for individuals who have decided to stop treatment that
may prolong their life. This can include dialysis, gastric tube feedings,
and mechanical ventilation. The primary goal of hospice services is to
provide comfort care. Palliative care is a medical service that can be
offered at the same time as treatment and may include the management of
your pain and symptoms as well as discussions about advance care options.
How to contact the Palliative Care Team
nonemergent questions or concerns contact the Palliative Care team at
after hours or emergencies ask your Nurse to contact the Palliative Care physician.