• Palliative Care

  • Palliative care offered in the comfort of home.

    What is palliative care?

    The palliative care team collaborates with the patient’s primary care provider and offers compassionate care at times of critical need. The goal is to prevent and relieve suffering and provide the best quality of life for patients, right in the comfort of their own home.

    Palliative care is provided by a team of professionals that offer coordinated care to address a patient’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs, and help them cope with the pain and anxiety that come with major health changes. This care may be provided along with other medical treatment.

    The team helps patients and families identify goals of care, provide guidance for difficult treatment choices and assists with advance care planning.

    Continuum of illness

    Enhancing the quality of life.

    The palliative care team collaborates with the referring physician and treats the whole person – body, mind, and soul to increase the quality of life for patients and families. Palliative care focuses on the human experience and can enhance and complement the patient’s current plan of care. For some patients, additional home health services may be appropriate, including home care, telehealth or hospice.

    The palliative care team is made up of an interdisciplinary staff to address patient and family goals.

    • Advanced Practice Nurse/Registered Nurse
    • Case Manager/Social Worker
    • Physician
    • Chaplain
    • Other healthcare providers as needed

    Services provided by palliative care team:

    • Collaborates with the primary care doctor/referring physician to relieve difficult symptoms associated with illness
    • Manage side effects associated with current treatment
    • Address changing goals of care
    • Help patients consider care options and make decisions about quality of life
    • Help interpret the benefits/burdens of treatments (tests, surgeries, radiation)
    • Enhance patient and family support
    • Provide spiritual and emotional support
    • Assist with care planning options including home care, rehabilitation, telehealth, long term care or hospice
    • Assist with discharge palnning, home care, extended care or hospice
    • Grief counseling and bereavement support

    Who is eligible for palliative care?

    Palliative care is appropriate for anyone diagnosed with a progressive, chronic, critical or life-threatening illness. It includes but is not limited to patients with:

    • Cancer
    • Heat failure
    • Severe diabetes
    • Stroke
    • Kidney failure
    • Advanced Alzheimer's disease
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
    • Patients with a lack of response to therapies
    • Spiritual and/or emotional distress

    Patients receiving treatment for their illness are eligible for palliative care.

    Download our Palliative Care Brochures for more information.

    For more information on Palliative Care contact the Centura Health Palliative Care team at 303-561-5193.

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