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Care and Compassion

Improving the quality of life and relieving suffering.


Palliative Care

St. Joseph's Palliative Care team provides comfort, support and education to families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. We focus on the individual cultural, spiritual and physical needs of our patients, in order to relieve suffering and improve quality of life.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care refers to the specialized approach toward improving the quality of life of our patients with serious illnesses, as well as addressing the concerns of their families. The goal is to provide symptomatic and emotional support to patients suffering from a potentially life-threatening illness by ensuring their comfort and dignity. Our treatment approach focuses on the person, not just a specific disease, by offering comprehensive management of the physical, psychological, social and spiritual factors of a patient’s illness.

When is Palliative Care Appropriate?

Palliative care is appropriate for anyone living with an illness that cannot be cured, although they may be receiving treatment to control the illness and manage symptoms. Patients experiencing frequent hospitalizations, those living with chronic and life-threatening illnesses, as well as those who are approaching the end of life can benefit from Palliative Care.

The Palliative Care Consult Team consists of a physician, nurse, social worker, and chaplain who have received specialized training to address the needs of our patients and families.

What Does the Palliative Care Team Provide?

The team provides:

  • A comprehensive evaluation that addresses the physical, psychological, social, spiritual, and practical needs of patients and their families
  • Help to manage pain and other symptoms
  • Help with advance care planning and clarifying the goals of care
  • Assistance for patients and families who are struggling with difficult decision-making, such as changing the focus of treatment to comfort measures
  • Coordinated care, support and education throughout the course of the illness
  • Assistance with transitioning into the community after hospitalization
  • Linkage to community resources to address unmet needs
  • End of life care

How Can a Palliative Care Consult Be Arranged?

A physician's order is required for a Palliative Care Consultation. Patients and family members may ask their physician if a Palliative Care Consult may be appropriate or, a direct request may be made directly to the Palliative Care Coordinator. A member of the Palliative Care Team will discuss the patients needs and contact their physician to request an order. 

For more information about our Palliative Care services, call (209) 461-5489.