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.
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.
The team provides:
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.