Palliative care is for anyone with a serious illness. Palliative care treats people suffering from serious and chronic illnesses such as cancer, cardiac disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney failure, Alzheimer’s and many more.
Hospice care is specifically for those who have a prognosis of a year or less. To have hospice care covered by Medicare, the prognosis must be six months or less.
Our interdisciplinary team helps patients get relief from symptoms, pain and stress in order to improve their quality of life by:
- Assessing and treating physical, emotional and spiritual distress
- Establishing personalized goals of care for each patient
- Coordinating transitions of care and support for patients and their families
Who is a candidate?
Age and illness severity do not limit patients from palliative care. Patients can also receive palliative care while being treated for the underlying condition.
Your Palliative Care Team
Our interdisciplinary team consists of doctors, nurses, social workers and chaplains, with support from other disciplines as needed. We work together with a patient’s healthcare team to provide even more support by:
• Providing information about diagnosis, prognosis and treatment options
• Guiding patients through the process of making treatment decisions
• Supporting the patient’s search for a new sense of meaning, purpose and hope
• Advocating on the patient’s behalf to ensure their wishes are honored