The philosophy of palliative care is to focus on quality of life issues, symptom management, communication, and emotional and spiritual wellness while continuing some form of therapy for the chronic illness itself. Treatment decisions are made in the context of maximizing quality of life while understanding that the ultimate disease outcome may not change.
The Palliative Care Team, an interdisciplinary group of healthcare professionals, works with the patient's primary care physician to establish a plan of care based on the patient's individual needs. The patient and family are always a part of the care planning process through regular scheduled family meetings.
Palliative Care does not replace active treatment of your disease nor is it hospice. Palliative Care is beneficial at any stage of illness.
Palliative Care is a proven means to meet the needs of those who are suffering from serious, chronic or life limiting illness. Some of the ways that Palliative Care can meet your needs include:
Treatment of complex symptoms including but not limited to:
Palliative Care also:
Who Could Benefit from Palliative Care?
Your physician or Hospital staff may suggest Palliative Care for you. You may also inquire about it yourself and a staff member will meet with you to discuss your questions and determine if you or your loved one qualify for Palliative Care.