Palliative Care Program
Palliative care focuses on bringing hope and comfort to patients with serious illnesses, and their families, by addressing their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Palliative care strives to assure comfort, dignity and quality of life. The patient and family are cared for as a unit. Palliative care can be provided while receiving all other medical treatments, including curative measures.
The Palliative Care Program team includes physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists, dieticians and educators who have special training and expertise in helping people with serious illness.
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How can the Palliative Care Program help me or my family member?
The Palliative Care Program team has special expertise in helping patients feel better through serious illness with care that includes:
- Relief of pain and symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath, depression, dementia and anxiety
- Respect for each patient’s values and personal choices
- Assistance and support in making difficult medical decisions
- Help in ensuring patients are as comfortable and active as possible
- Coordination of care and treatment among doctors at all stages of illness
- Identifying services to support patients and families after leaving our hospital
How can I get help from the Palliative Care Program?
You, your family member, or any health care professional working with you simply needs to ask your doctor to order a palliative care consult and someone from the Palliative Care Program will come see you.
Is the Palliative Care Program the same as Hospice care?
No. The Palliative Care Program is based in the hospital. You can receive palliative care at any time during your illness and can receive all other treatments at the same time.
Hospice care is generally provided at home. Typically patients involved with Hospice are at the end of life and have decided to forgo curative treatment for their illness.