Palliative Care

Providing the highest quality care to you and your family when facing serious illness

Palliative Care is a new medical specialty which provides high-quality care to patients who have a chronic disease or life-threatening illness. Hospital-based Palliative Care programs provide state-of-the-art treatment of pain and the symptoms that cause the patient to lose the ability to function in daily life - providing a quality of life.

Palliative Care can help

Palliative Care puts the focus of care on how to live a quality life after being diagnosed with a serious or life-threatening illness. Care focuses on the whole person, including physical, emotional and spiritual needs. This care provides support to your family and loved ones as well.

If you have been very ill for a long time you may feel better with Palliative Care as part of your treatment. Or if you have just learned of a serious disease, you also can receive help. You and your family are given support in making choices about what steps to take next. You also are able to receive care without stopping other treatment. This leads to greater satisfaction, for you and your family, with hospital care and healthcare teams.

When is the right time for Palliative Care?

Patients can benefit from Palliative Care at any stage in the treatment of a serious illness. It is not necessary to stop other treatments to receive Palliative Care. In this way, Palliative Care differs from hospice care. Hospice care is for people in the last stages of life who are ready to stop the treatments designed to prolong their life.

The Palliative Care program at FMC

Once Palliative Care has been requested, the Palliative Care team will meet with you and your family to find out what is most needed. The team answers questions and works with your physicians to plan actions and goals for care. You and your family can receive services from the team throughout your hospital stay.

The Palliative Care team at FMC consists of the Palliative Care doctor, nurse, social workers and chaplain. Massage, music and dog therapies may also be helpful. The team works closely with your physician and other specialists. When you leave FMC, the team helps plan for homecare needs to maintain pain and symptom control and promote quality of life.

For more information about Palliative Care, call 928 773-2305.