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Palliative Care at Mon Health Medical Center

What Is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is a multidisciplinary approach designed to maintain dignity and the best quality of life possible by:
  • Relieving pain, stress and other symptoms of a serious illness.
  • Providing support to patients and their families.
  • Discussing treatment goals so the patient or family members can make informed decisions on treatment and therapies.
  • Providing other resources in addition to clinical care to help the patient live the best life they can with a serious/chronic condition.
  • Educating patients and caregivers regarding their illness.
The goal is to treat the whole person, not only to meet medical needs, but emotional, spiritual and social needs as well.

Palliative Care Is Not Hospice Care

Palliative care differs from hospice care. However, hospice care can be a part of palliative care.

  • Hospice care is brought into a patient’s final months of life. Palliative care is available at any stage of an illness.
  • The patient does not need to be enrolled in a hospice care program or at the end of life to benefit from palliative care.
Palliative care can help patients and their families achieve a better quality of life and maintain their dignity.

Who is on the Palliative Care Team?

The palliative care team includes:
  • Physician
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Pharmacist
  • Chaplain
  • Social Workers
  • Case Managers
  • Unit Nurses
  • Critical Care Specialists

What Can Palliative Care Offer?

Palliative Care provides supportive care for patients and their families, such as:
  • Pain and Symptom Management
    Using traditional and complementary approaches.
  • Spiritual Care
    Respecting each patient’s beliefs
  • Advanced Care Planning
    Patient preferences
    Patient advocacy
    Beneficial vs non-beneficial treatments
    Comfort and counseling
    Maintaining quality of life and dignity
  • Care Coordination
    Identify/coordinate the care plan
  • Emotional Support
    Assist with difficult decisions by 
    listening and educating.
    This support is for patients, their families and caregivers.

How can I get more information about the Palliative Care Program 
at Mon Health Medical Center

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