Helping to ensure that this time can be lived as fully as possible in peace, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
What is Palliative Care?
- Palliative Care focuses on pain control and emphasizes quality of life and dignity
- Is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment
- Is a partnership with the patient, primary care physician, medical specialists, and family
- Help patients and families manage the pain, symptoms, and stress of serious illness
- Palliative Care helps patients and their families face concerns with life threatening illness by means of identification, assessment, and treatment of physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs How does Palliative Care Help?
- Palliative Care may be right for you or a loved one if you are having symptoms or side effects that interfere with your quality of life
- Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
- Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process
- Offers a support system to help the family cope during the patient’s illness
- Uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and families
- Will enhance quality of life and may also positively influence the course of illness
When Should Palliative Care be Considered?
Persons of any age with acute, serious and life threatening illness that are seeking curative or aggressive treatments can receive this type of care. Palliative Care can occur along with other treatments. So there is absolutely no reason to wait.
You should consider:
- Health continues to decline
- Symptoms affect quality of life
- Daily tasks of living alone are no longer manageable and more support is needed
- You experience frequent hospital admissions and readmissions
- You had a prolonged length of stay without evidence of progress
- You experience intense, ongoing pain on a day to day basis
What Health Conditions are appropriate for a Palliative Care Consultation?
- Cancer (Metastatic/Recurrent)
- Advanced Lung Disease such as COPD
- Stroke with decreased function by at least 50%
- Late Stage Renal Disease
- Advanced Cardiac Disease such as Heart Failure or Severe Coronary Artery Disease
- Other life limiting illness
Palliative care may be administered at home, at a facility, or in Silver Cross Hospital. Palliative care is covered under Medicare Part B.
What does Silver Cross’ Palliative Care Program Include?
- Treats the whole person, meeting the patient’s medical, emotional, spiritual and social needs
- Involves a team of professionals, including physician, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, chaplain, your nurse, social worker and case manager
To obtain Palliative Care, please ask to speak with your Case Manager at Silver Cross Hospital.