Palliative care is a specialized branch of home care that provides advanced treatment to patients diagnosed with a serious, chronic or life-threatening illness. We help our patients manage the symptoms of their illnesses, which may include pain and discomfort, nausea, depression, anxiety, stress, fatigue, and difficulty breathing, eating or sleeping. Care is provided wherever our patients reside, whether it be in a private home or assisted living facility. Unlike hospice, palliative care can be offered to patients of any age and at any stage of an illness. Choosing palliative care does not limit patients from seeking or receiving curative treatment.
Our palliative care professionals work as a team to improve patients’ quality of life, ensure their comfort and assist with medical, emotional and spiritual needs. A typical palliative care team may include:
- Social workers
- Case managers
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Respiratory therapists
- and others, as required
Palliative care services are typically referred by a physician. Once referred, our care team meets with the patient, their family and their physician to create a customized plan of care that reflects their personal health care goals. In situations where a patient is undergoing curative treatment in addition to palliative care, our team will work with that patient’s existing medical care providers to ensure they are receiving the most beneficial services possible.
For more information, or to set up palliative care services, speak to your doctor or contact your local Adventist Health agency.