It’s not just the patient who is affected; the family is as well. That’s why we offer the Palliative Care Program to all patients admitted to Memorial. Here, we provide more than medicine; we offer compassion.
What is palliative care?
Palliative care is a special kind of care for people living with a life-threatening illness. Patients may receive palliative care at any stage of their illness; however, we recommend introducing it early in your care. It may even be provided at the same time as curative treatments. This is what sets palliative care apart from hospice care; a patient in hospice would no longer seek curative treatment.
The goal of the Palliative Care Program is to help patients and their families achieve the best possible quality of life when faced with a life-threatening illness. To help meet that goal, we address the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient and family.
Palliative care helps in many ways
By working with your doctor, we provide:
- Treatment of pain and other symptoms
- Close communication and compassionate care focused on you and your family
- Emotional, psychological, and spiritual support for you and your family
- Assistance in navigating the healthcare system
- Guidance with difficult treatment choices and end-of-life care
- Assistance in preparing advanced directives and living wills
- Coordination between inpatient and outpatient settings and discharge to other settings when appropriate
- Better understanding of your condition and your choices for medical care
How to receive palliative care at Memorial
If you would like to take part in the Palliative Care Program at Memorial, please ask your nurse or doctor for a referral. For more information about the program, call Beth Johns, RN, MSN, CHPN, at (618) 257-4211.