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 we help?
Palliative care focuses on the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of you and your family. Palliative care may be especially helpful for patients who:
- Have cancer, heart failure, AIDS, liver or kidney problems, or dementia
- Have pain, trouble breathing, or other distressing symptoms
- Are seriously ill and facing difficult questions about the future
- Have difficult medical decisions to make and need help thinking them through
Our team of specialists includes a board certified palliative care physician, a nurse practitioner, social workers, a chaplain and nurses. Together with your doctor, we can make sure that you receive:
- Expert treatment of your pain and symptoms
- Close communication about your illness and treatment choices
- Help in navigating the healthcare system
- Coordination of your care among all of your healthcare providers
- Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family
- Referral and coordination of home care services
How to access palliative care
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. To find out more, call (435) 251-2448.