Palliative Care

Pain Management and Symptom Relief for Patients with Chronic, Life-Limiting Illnesses

Palliative care focuses on easing the symptoms and suffering that often occur during a serious illness. Our holistic approach responds to the needs of the body, mind and spirit during serious or progressive chronic illness such as cancer, dementia, advanced heart failure and other debilitating medical conditions.

Controlling pain and stress increases the chances for patients to participate in goals of care discussions and provides patients with the best quality of life possible.

Patients can receive palliative care at any stage of their life-limiting or advanced chronic illness, with or without active medical treatment. Our interdisciplinary team, which consists of a physician who is board-certified in palliative care, hospitalist, chaplain, social worker and nurses, works closely with the primary care team and specialty physicians to compassionately manage symptoms.

Palliative care addresses:

  • Distressing physical or emotional symptoms
  • Complex decisions about care
  • Emotional and spiritual support for the patient and family
  • Coordination of care in the hospital and after discharge

What Services are Available with Palliative Care?

Your primary care physician or specialist can refer you for palliative care for management of symptoms related to your medical condition. Our team will meet with you and your family to evaluate your condition and develop a plan of care to meet your needs.

Our multidisciplinary palliative care team serves patients and their families in the following ways:

  • Coordination of non-prescription and prescription medication
  • Emotional support for the patient and family
  • Assistance with planning advanced directives
  • Help navigating the medical field when there are difficult decisions to be made about further care
  • Referral and coordination with primary care physicians and specialists for other treatment options

Patients with chronic illnesses often experience discomfort physically and emotionally. Our qualified medical experts can provide treatment to ease or alleviate the following symptoms:

  • Constipation
  • Delirium (confusion and agitation)
  • Dyspnea (breathing difficulties)
  • Fatigue
  • Grief, anxiety or depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Pain

Patients with the following conditions may wish to seek palliative care:

  • Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia
  • Cancer
  • Debilitating stroke
  • Advanced emphysema/COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Advanced congestive heart failure