Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. The type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness – no matter the diagnosis.
The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for both the patient and their family. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work with a patient’s medical team to provide extra support for the patient and their family. Palliative care is
appropriate for any age, as well as during any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided together with curative treatment.
For pediatric care see Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) »
Our goals include:
As we walk the healthcare journey with a patient, our main priority is to empower the patient and their family to be able to make the best medical care decisions possible.
When the patient, family or healthcare team requests a consult, our team will meet with the family and the healthcare providers. We ask the family members about their goals and wishes and also about their worries and concerns. At all times, we keep in mind the
patient’s quality of life with a strong focus on the management of any pain or other symptoms they may be experiencing.
We then determine how our services can help the patient and their family meet their goals, and we make recommendations to the healthcare team.
If a palliative care consult is
needed, please notify a member of your primary care team. We are available
Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 859-323-2209.
– Center to Advance Palliative Care
– What is Palliative Care?
– National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization
– National Health Care Decisions Day