What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is designed to help you and your family make medical decisions to match your goals with the best possible care for any stage of a serious, ongoing medical condition. In addition to improving quality of life and helping with symptoms, palliative care can help patients understand their choices for medical treatment. Palliative care can be provided inside and outside of the hospital.
Who is it for?
Palliative care is for people of all ages that have serious ongoing medical conditions. Some examples include heart disease, lung disease, cancer, stroke with serious impairment, neurological disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
What are the benefits?
- Provides a better understanding of your illness and treatment options
- Reduces distressing symptoms of your medical condition
- Improves quality of life for you and your family
- Ensures a plan created with you, your family and your doctors will:
- Meet your needs through all steps of your medical condition
- Move with you through all health care settings
Palliative Care Inside the Hospital
Our Inpatient Palliative Care Team works with patients who have been admitted to the hospital. After receiving orders from your medical provider and meeting with you to understand your health goals, the team will work with your hospital-based nurses and other medical personnel to make sure you are receiving the care outlined in your plan. In addition to your specific goals, the Inpatient Palliative Care Team seeks to minimize the amount of time spent in the hospital and maximize the results while you are there.
If you come to the hospital again in the future, the Inpatient Palliative Care Team will meet with you and will continue to make sure your needs and goals come first. Patients will be accepted for care without discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, handicap (mental or physical), communicable disease or place of national origin.
Palliative Care Outside the Hospital
Our Outpatient Palliative Care Team helps you manage your life along with your illness outside of the hospital. The team will use your plan to guide you along a course of action while supporting you and your family. The Outpatient Palliative Care Team will make arrangements to visit you at a location outside the hospital. The visit location is based on your medical provider's recommendation and can take place in one of our clinics, a long-term care facility, an assisted living facility or your home. The Outpatient Palliative Care Team will also ensure your voice is heard by assisting in communication between your specialists to manage the complex decisions you will make.
Who is on Palliative Care Teams?
Doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, chaplains and volunteers work with you to address your physical, psychosocial, emotional or spiritual concerns.
How can I request Palliative Care?
Talk to your medical provider. Your doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant can make a referral to a palliative care team and can provide them with the necessary information for a successful start.