Palliative Care

Palliative care is comfort care. If you have a serious or life-threatening disease, a healthcare specialist will work with you from the time of diagnosis to treatment and beyond.

Palliative (comfort) care

  • Manages symptoms and pain, providing physical and emotional support
  • Allows for a smooth transition between home healthcare and hospice care, while allowing continuity of care
  • Addresses the emotional, physical, practical, and spiritual issues of patients

Our goals include:

  • Improving quality of life
  • Advocating for all patients
  • Relieving physical, emotional and spiritual suffering
  • Supporting the family and patients with all decisions

Palliative care services include: 

  • Symptom Management: Pain, dyspnea, constipation, anxiety, depression
  • Advanced Directives: Healthcare representative, living will, DNR forms
  • Education on disease, options
  • Family meetings
  • Prognostication
  • Help in referral to hospice, if appropriate

Patients who are eligible have:

  • Life-threatening illness
  • Decline in function
  • Difficulty to control symptoms
  • Multiple hospitalizations
  • Difficult to understand their goals
  • CHF, COPD, Cancer (at any stage), Crohn’s, Lupus, ESRD, etc.
  • Call for referral

Your team members may include:

  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners/RNs
  • Social Workers
  • Chaplains
  • Pharmacists
  • Bereavement counselors through hospice

For more information on services, call (260) 266-2500.

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