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Palliative Care

Improving Quality of Life through Long-Term Care

Our mission is to provide exceptional, compassionate care to patients and their families coping with the progression of serious illness to enhance comfort and quality of life. Our number one priority is to support patient and family throughout all phases of the disease process. The goal of the Palliative Care Program is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family by providing relief from the symptoms and stress during a serious, progressive illness.

The Palliative Care team works closely with the patient and the physician to meet the patient’s physical, emotional, cultural, and spiritual needs with an emphasis on comfort and supportive care. Palliative Care can be provided while a patient is admitted in the hospital or after they are discharged home on an outpatient basis.

What is Palliative Care?

A Holistic approach of care that focuses on the comprehensive management of the physical, spiritual, cultural, and emotional needs of patients and their families dealing with serious, life-limiting illnesses.

Goal of Palliative Care: To alleviate all types of suffering through communication, education, and comfort and to assist the patient and family to live as fully as possible during the illness.

The Philosophy of Palliative Care

Patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering of all kinds. It supports patients in making their healthcare decisions. Palliative Care is continually available throughout the patients’ healthcare experience and neither hastens nor prolongs death. It regards dying as a natural process.

Our Team:

  • Patient and family
  • Caregiver
  • Physician
  • Palliative Care Nurse Manager
  • Nursing Staff
  • Case Managers/Social Workers
  • Clergy
  • Other disciplines such as pharmacist or dietitian available as needed

For more information or to schedule a consultation on palliative care, contact the program’s manager, Nancy Coffey, RN at (337) 494-2273.