Palliative Care FAQ
What is Palliative Care:
Palliative care is a type of medical care that focuses on helping seriously ill patients and their families improve quality of life by alleviating symptoms, pain and stress. Palliative care is a medical specialty. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center has a team of highly trained Physicians, Nurses, and Nurse Practitioners who are board certified and work collaboratively together to help patients and their families.
Palliative Care is not the same as Hospice:
There is often confusion about whether or not Hospice Care and Palliative Care are interchangeable phrases. They are not. Palliative Care and Hospice Care share the same goals of comfort through management of symptoms. In addition, both care systems embrace the concept of an interdisciplinary team. There are however distinct differences:
Palliative Care – is available to ALL PATIENTS and their families, and is provided at any stage of serious illness, including at the time of diagnosis. Palliative Care can also be provided alongside curative treatment.
Hospice Care – is for patients who have a limited life expectancy, usually of six months or less. It is provided after all curative treatment has been attempted.
What is the Goal of Palliative Care:
The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life for patients and their families facing the problems associated with serious illnesses. The Palliative Care Team provides symptom management for patients undergoing life-prolonging or curative treatments. Pain is often a major source of distress for patients and families. Other distressing symptoms include, but are not limited to, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, depression, anxiety, delirium, and spiritual distress.
How Does Palliative Care Work:
The Palliative care team at Englewood Hospital works together with primary physicians to manage complex and debilitating symptoms. The team will talk with patients about their wishes and goals while supporting and meeting with family members who are coping with changes in the patient’s health status. The Palliative Care Team will help patients and families obtain a greater understanding of the illness and help with decision-making options for treatment and care. The Palliative Care Team works in collaboration with The Center for Integrative Healing to provide therapeutic massage, reiki, acupuncture and guided imagery for patients and their families to ease stress during this difficult time.
Which Patients Need Palliative Care Services:
Any person who is experiencing a serious illness of is appropriate for a palliative care consultation. Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Cancer, Congestive Heart Failure, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Kidney Failure, Stroke, HIV/AIDS, would benefit from the Palliative Services. If you or someone you love is experiencing troubling symptoms from a serious chronic illness, Palliative Care may be the answer. Palliative care can put you and your family back in control. The unique approach of Englewood Hospital’s Palliative Care team can restore comfort, alleviate pain, and reduce symptoms that prevent you or your loved one from engaging fully in life. Together, you and the team will address not only the medical issues, but also any other concerns you may have.
How can I arrange for a Palliative Care:
For a Palliative Care consult speak with your physician. If you are interested in further information regarding the palliative care services at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center please call: 201-894-3595. For further information on Palliative Care please go to: www.CAPC.org The Center to Advance Palliative Care, or www.getpalliativecare.org