Palliative Care

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Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?

  • The goal of palliative care is to prevent and relieve suffering and to support the best possible quality of life for patients and their families, what ever the stage of disease or involvement in curative therapies.
  • Palliative care assists patients and their families to identify goals of care that
    • minimize pain and symptoms consistent with patient values,
    • optimize life function and
    • provide opportunities for personal growth
  • Palliative care affirms life by supporting the patient’s and family’s goals for the future, as well as their hopes for peace and dignity throughout the course of illness, and in dying and death.

When Palliative Care is Care for the Dying

  • We all deserve to live—and die—with dignity. At Dignity Health, dignity is one of our core values, and it is evident in our commitment to providing palliative care at all of our hospitals and care centers.
  • End-of-life palliative care is comprehensive, interdisciplinary care that focuses on promoting quality of life for patients living with a terminal illness and for their families, assuring physical comfort and psychosocial support. It is fundamental to our mission to make the final moments of life as meaningful as possible for both patient and family.
  • Dignity Health hospitals support terminally ill patients and their families in many ways, from effective pain management to orchestrating life-affirming bedside ceremonies with a patient’s loved ones or providing calm and comfortable spaces near patient rooms so families can be close when a patient is dying. As caregivers and health providers, it is our job to care even when we cannot cure.
Spiritual Care

Spiritual Care

Healthy spirit, healthy body. At Dignity Health, we incorporate them both into our standards of care and provide resources to help individuals and families draw upon their religious traditions, faith, or spirituality in facing difficult health or crisis situations.


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