• Palliative Care Services

    Palliative Care is interdisciplinary care that aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life, optimize function, and assist with decision-making for patients with advanced illness and their families.

    Palliative Care is not hospice care, comfort care or withholding care from which patients could benefit

    Who Needs Palliative Care?

    Patients who may benefit from these services may include:

    • those experiencing chronic, progressive pulmonary disorders, renal disease, chronic heart failure and progressive neurological conditions
    • oncology patients
    • patients with recurrent infections
    • patients with non-healing wounds
    • patients who have a history of recurrent hospitalizations
    • patients with psychosocial, emotional and/or spiritual distress
    • patients who need coordination of care

    How Do You Know Palliative Care is Needed?

    Common triggers for palliative care consults include:

    • recurrent infections
    • non-healing wounds
    • recurrent hospitalizations
    • pain or other severe discomforts requiring symptom management
    • psychosocial, emotional, and/or spiritual distress
    • weight loss
    • recurrent falls
    • uncertainty about treatment options or goals of care
    • uncertainty about navigating the healthcare system
    • need for coordination of care

    Benefits of Palliative Care

    • Reduces high levels of suffering and distress among patients with serious illness, at any age and at any stage of disease
    • Improves communication among patients, families, and health care providers
    • Addresses the needs of family caregivers as they cope with and care for a loved one with serious illness
    • Reduces unwanted, unnecessary, and painful interventions
    • Improves patient and family satisfaction
    • Can improve survival
    • Improves quality of care while reducing costs
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