If you or a loved one is dealing with a painful and serious illness, a special team is available to help you and your loved ones cope with serious physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Pain and other symptoms affect your quality of life, and the stress of illness has a big impact on you and your family. The palliative care team can help. Palliative care is not the same as hospice care and is available to patients at any time during their hospital stay, even while they’re receiving curative treatments. It does not depend upon your prognosis, and you can access it at any time during your treatment process. We work together with your doctor to help plan your 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.
Our services include:
- 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
When 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.
If you think palliative care might be right for you, just ask your doctor for a referral. Your doctor will contact our team and invite us to talk with you to determine what we can do to help. Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover palliative care services. If you would like to learn more, call us at (801) 408-6249.
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.
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 of each month, 2:30-4 p.m. in the Doty Education Center
- TOSH: 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month, 2:30-4 p.m. in the TOSH boardroom at The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital
- Suicide support group: Call (801) 408-5661