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Palliative Care services

Palliative Care services The purpose of Palliative Care is to optimize the quality of life for patients with an advanced or chronic disease process by ensuring the patient dignity while providing relief of suffering including pain and other symptoms management. Utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach to Palliative Care provides for not only physical needs but also the psychological, social, cultural, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and his or her family.

Goals of Palliative Care

♦ Maintain patient choice and dignity for those choosing to remain at home through the final stages of life ♦ Provide state-of-the-art skills in managing symptoms to assure comfort ♦ Utilize a holistic approach to care ♦ Ensure the patient's freedom to choose more aggressive treatment while receiving palliative care ♦ Provide for treatment of symptoms as desired by the patient ♦ Provide information for patients and families to assist in preparing advanced health care directives ♦ Provide effective pain management ♦ Address the psychosocial and spiritual concerns of the patient and family ♦ Provide support for patients and families, and assist in developing and using effective coping skills ♦ Provide care consistent with patient's cultural and spiritual background

Meeting the Needs of Patient and Family

Patient seen within ♦ 24 hours of referral ♦ Patient case managed by Registered Nurse ♦ Plan of care developed in collaboration with patient and family ♦ Palliative Care Team available to meet changing needs of patient and family ♦ 24-hour-a-day staff availability ♦ Provide continuity of care from hospital to home ♦ Medicare / Medicaid

Home Care Services Available

♦ Nurses ♦ Spiritual Care Support ♦ Specialty-trained Home Health Aides ♦ Social Workers ♦ Nutritional Counseling ♦ Physical Therapists