How do I connect to the palliative care team?
Ask your physician or provider about placing a referral to palliative care. Your medical team will write an order and a palliative care team member will then meet with you and your family to explore ways we may be able to assist.
To learn more about our palliative care program, please call us.
An extra layer of support
Palliative care is specialized medical care that focuses on providing support, decreasing stress, and relieving symptoms for people with serious or chronic illness. We provide an extra layer of support not only for medical issues, but also for social and psychological impacts of serious disease.
Palliative care can be provided at any stage of an illness. Our services can be provided alongside with medical treatment for your disease. We coordinate with your primary care provider and your specialists, such as your oncologist, cardiologist, or surgeon.
Our services are appropriate if you are diagnosed with a progressive or chronic illness that is significantly impacting your life such as:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
- Congestive heart failure.
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Kidney or liver failure.
- Parkinson’s disease and other progressive, chronic neurological disorders.
The goal of our services is to prevent and ease suffering and to improve the quality of life for you and your family.
How we help
Palliative care services can help if:
- Your pain and symptoms are preventing you from enjoying your life.
- You are uncertain about your treatment options and what you might expect.
- You are spending more time in the hospital than at home.
- You feel like you are losing control of your life because of your illness.
- You feel like you are becoming a burden to your family and friends because of your illness.
- You need help putting a plan in place for when you are no longer able to care for yourself or make your own medical decisions.
- Your family could use extra support to see you through your illness.
- You are unsure what your doctor would think if you wanted to stop treating your illness aggressively.
- Difficulty sleeping
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
- Provide emotional support for patients and caregiver/s.
- Help with making complex decisions about treatment options, such as chemotherapy, surgery and artificial nutrition.
- Help with matching treatment options to your values and goals of care.
- Education about disease process and what to expect.
- Connect with care services in the community.
- Help obtain needed medical equipment.