Providing Special Care for People with Advanced Illness.
Palliative means to relieve or ease. Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment.
Our team works with the patient’s attending physician and nurses to treat pain effectively and compassionately, with both traditional and complementary pain management approaches. We provide treatment recommendations for additional symptoms like nausea, restlessness, and anxiety.
The Palliative Care professionals work with the patient’s doctors, nurses and other care providers to identify and coordinate the palliative care plan most appropriate for the patient.
Our pastoral care team provides spiritual support to patients and family members to help them cope with serious illness or end-of-life issues. Our pastoral care professionals provide spiritual services that respect the patient’s cultural beliefs and rituals.
We strive to provide the patient and family with comfort, respect and dignity during this difficult time.
We realize the importance of providing emotional support to the patient and family when coping with a serious illness or with an end-stage, terminal diagnosis. Assisting with difficult decisions Those with serious illnesses may face some hard choices. Our Palliative Care experts are available through a consultation with the attending physician to help with difficult decisions as they consider all available options, including treatment plans and end-of-life issues.