Adult Palliative Care focuses on achieving the best possible quality of life and preserving dignity by alleviating symptoms associated with a chronic medical condition. Because this level of care is a non-hospice service, adult patients need not have a life-limiting illness.
Palliative care services may be accessed while the patient is undergoing curative or aggressive treatments and can take place at home, or in a clinical setting such as a hospital or skilled nursing center. Consultations may be provided during a single visit or on an ongoing basis and are typically covered by health insurance.
Our palliative care clinician consults with both outpatients and inpatients to
- Make recommendations for management of distressing symptoms
- Address goals for chronic medical issues
- Assist in defining healthcare goals
- Define care and treatment plans
- Provide guidance with advance directives and/or advance care planning