What is palliative care?
Palliative care focuses on helping patients with a serious illness get relief from symptoms, pain and stress in order to improve their quality of life. Our interdisciplinary team cares for patients 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
What is hospice?
Hospice is a type of palliative care specifically for terminally ill patients who may only have months, weeks or days to live. People who receive hospice care are no longer receiving treatments to cure the underlying illness. Hospice care focuses on comfort and quality of life and is designed to help people have an alert, pain-free life.
Who is a candidate?
Palliative care is for anyone with a serious illness. Age and illness severity do not limit patients from receiving palliative care. Patients can also receive palliative care while also receiving treatment for the underlying condition.
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. St. Vincent’s has partnered with Community Hospice of Northeast Florida to provide this particular type of care to patients. This partnership includes a 10-bed inpatient unit at St. Vincent’s Riverside.
Hospice Care at St. Vincent's
St. Vincent’s has partnered with Community Hospice of Northeast Florida to provide this hospice care to patients. This partnership includes a 10-bed inpatient unit at St. Vincent’s Riverside. The 6,500 sq. ft. space also includes a family lounge and a kitchenette for families to use. Community Hospice has on-site staff at St. Vincent’s Riverside, St. Vincent’s Southside and St. Catherine Labouré Manor.
Visit Community Hospice’s website or take a virtual tour of the Center for Caring at St. Vincent’s Riverside for more information.
Our 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 make sure his or her wishes are honored