Palliative care is active comprehensive care of the physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients who have chronic, debilitating and life-threatening illness.
Memorial Medical Center provides palliative care services to inpatients and their families. The goal is to prevent and relieve suffering while supporting the best quality of life regardless of the stage of your disease. The goals that you and your family establish will then guide the medical team.
Palliative care is not the same as hospice care. Palliative care is not dependent on a patient's prognosis and can be appropriate at any point during a serious or life-threatening illness. It can be provided alongside curative care.
Benefits of palliative care
To help patients and families achieve the best quality of life by:
- Assisting in establishing and navigating their goals.
- Pain and symptom management.
- Facilitating family meetings.
- Participating and coordinating complex case management.
- Increasing support/coping needs.
- Providing education.
Who is involved in palliative care?
- Palliative care specialty nurse
- Your primary physician
- Physicians who have consulted on your care
- Case Management
- Therapy (PT and OT)
- Pastoral Care
You and your family may benefit from a palliative care consult if you:
- Are experiencing pain and other symptoms.
- Have a chronic illness with frequent hospitalizations and decrease in functional status.
- Need assistance in establishing goals of care.
- Have a prolonged hospital stay of five days or more without progress.
- Have a prolonged stay in the Intensive Care Unit without progress or with documented poor prognosis.
- Have a need for psychological emotional and spiritual support.
- Need support for family conferences.
How can I request palliative care?
Ask your physician or someone on the medical team for referral. For more information, call us at 217-788-3484.