"Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual." - World Health Organization
Palliative Medicine provides intensive interdisciplinary treatment of the pain and symptoms of serious illness. Its focus is on the person not just a specific disease.
Our Mission is to foster the Spirit of Caring and the Miracle of Healing from diagnosis through end of life when faced with a life threatening illness or injury using the art and science of interdisciplinary health care.
How can the Palliative Care Program at Intermountain help you?
We know that when you are on the front lines of a serious illness you need answers, relief, expertise, and support. Our team wants to make sure that all your concerns are addressed.
What is the right time for palliative care?
Palliative care helps through all stages of a chronic illness or injury. It is best introduced early in your care. It is administered in coordination with the care provided by your physician. Other treatments do not have to stop when palliative care starts.
Who provides palliative care?
To meet the complex needs of the individual and family, the Palliative Care team includes the patient's physician, a palliative care physician, advanced practice nurses trained in palliative care, registered nurses, dietician, social workers, case managers and volunteers. The patient and family members are also considered part of the team.
Is palliative care the same as hospice care?
Hospice care is meant specifically for those approaching the last stages of life, while palliative care is appropriate for any stage of a life-threatening illness.
What areas of care do we focus on?
- Managing difficult symptoms
- Lessening pain, nausea, anxiety, fatigue, depression, shortness of breath, constipation, loss of appetite and other symptoms that may accompany serious illness or are side effects of treatment
- Addressing changing goals of care
- Helping patients consider care options and make decisions about quality of life
- Interpreting the benefits and burdens of care such as tests, surgeries or medications
- Helping patients or families in determining when or if to begin or discontinue treatments
- Enhancing patient and family support
- Help identify what is important to the patient and family and help communicate this to the physician
- Promote the best quality of life. Provide spiritual and emotional support throughout the course of an illness
- Help with needed referrals for care at home or in other settings
- Coordination of insurance or community services
Grief support groups - all are welcome, no fees and no registration
- Alta View Hospital - Scheduled as requested - Call (801) 408-5661
- Intermountain Medical Center - 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month, 2:30-4 p.m., Doty Education Center
- TOSH - 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month, 2:30-4 p.m., TOSH boardroom at The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital
- Suicide support group - Call (801) 408-5661