Palliative care at Faith Regional Health Services offers interdisciplinary care that focuses on pain and symptom management, as well as quality of life, for patients with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Palliative care treats the whole person, aiming to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs of you and your family.
Palliative care has three goals to ensure patients have the best possible quality of life.
- Pain management — to identify the source of pain and find the best treatments for relief.
- Symptom relief — to treat uncomfortable, disabling conditions such as difficulty breathing, depression, loss of appetite, nausea, or bowel and bladder problems.
- Emotional and spiritual support — to uplift and encourage you, your caregivers and family members, explaining choices for care, teaching stress management, and helping improve communication with your physicians.
What is the difference between Palliative Care and Hospice?
The two services are connected, but different. Hospice is supportive care for patients who are terminally ill and who no longer receive treatments to cure their illness because they are near the end of their life. Palliative care is available for patients at any stage of illness so that they can remain comfortable while they receive treatments for healing.
Talk to your physician to see if you may benefit from Palliative Care or contact us for more information.
Helping comfort individuals who are diagnosed with a chronic illness, are in active treatment, have
completed therapy or are nearing the end of life.
Palliative care services are personally designed to meet the unique needs of each patient. Our Palliative care team will meet with you to assess your needs. They may discuss planning for your future and documentation of end-of-life decisions.
Our Palliative care team includes physicians, nurses, palliative nurse case manager, pharmacist, chaplain, social worker, nutritionist and respiratory therapist. Palliative care may be an option for you if you are suffering from a serious progressive illness such as:
• Chronic lung disease
• Heart disease
• Liver disease
• Kidney failure
• Neurological disorders
Helping Families and Caregivers
A lot of time and energy is required to care for someone with a chronic or life-threatening illness. Palliative care supports and assists family and caregivers in dealing with their own feelings of guilt, anger and grief.
Our Palliative care team will also talk with them about giving medicines appropriately, answer any questions they may have about your care and assist in coordinating available resources for home care.