Living Better with a Challenging Illness
Palliative care at NVRH addresses the medical, emotional, social, spiritual, and comfort needs of patients dealing with a serious and challenging illness. The purpose of palliative care is to support our patients’ goals while addressing the symptoms and stresses of their illness.
Palliative care is a relatively new medical specialty and often confused with hospice care. Although both are patient-centered and offer a number of “wrap-around” services for patients and family members, palliative care patients may continue to receive curative medical treatments (for example, chemotherapy) as part of their palliative care.
Palliative care at NVRH provides:
Coordination of care with your healthcare providers, including your primary care physician
Support for family members and caregivers
Pain and symptom management
The opportunity to discuss your personal goals and wishes during your treatment, and reassess those goals if your plans change
Patient-centered decision making about treatment and care
Referrals for complementary therapies such as massage, reiki, meditation, guided imagery
Connections to resources in the community that may be helpful to you and your family
How it Works at NVRH
First the patient, physician, or family member will make a referral to the Palliative Care Team. Then the hospitalist, care managers, or Community Connections staff will complete a palliative care assessment. After a palliative care consult is scheduled, a plan of care is outlined. The Palliative Care Team will continue to meet with the patient and caregiver on a regular basis to evaluate, assess, implement, and alter the plan of care as the patient’s desires and needs dictate.