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About Palliative Care

People suffering with a chronic condition often have questions about how to go on living the life they want. Patients find answers to these questions through palliative medicine, a form of care that helps people with a chronic illness at any stage, whether curable or life-threatening. 

Patients are able to address the quality of their life and establish goals for moving forward with the help of a multidisciplinary team, which includes medical providers, nurse navigators, social workers and a spiritual adviser. 

The goal is for each patient to have the resources they need to make life better so they can live life fully. 

 

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Inpatient Supportive Services 

Palliative care is a team of specially trained medical, nursing, social service and chaplain staff who help patients and families facing chronic or serious illness while in the hospital. Currently, supportive services are available at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. This team can provide an extra layer of support to assist in meeting goals of symptom control and improving quality of life. Palliative care is appropriate at any stage of chronic or serious illness and can be provided with curative and life-prolonging treatments.

You and your family may benefit from a palliative care consultation if you:

  • Have questions about your illness and treatment goals
  • Experience frequent emergency room visits or hospital stays
  • Feel you are undergoing treatments that are no longer as effective as they once were
  • Want help with advance care planning, so that your wishes will be followed if you become unable to voice them yourself
  • Seek emotional or spiritual support during your illness
  • Experience difficult-to-contnrol symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, anxiety and nausea
  • Need information about or assistance in transitioning to a home-based service such as skilled home health, hospice care or Transitions volunteer services

For more information, call Samaritan Supportive Care at 541-768-4643.
 

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Your Comfort Care Team

Because palliative care is comprehensive, it is offered by a team of health care professionals.

  • The palliative care physician, nurse practitioner, and nurse work with your attending physician and primary nurse. They help you explore your hopes and concerns so the goals of your treatment plan match your personal goal. 
  • A social worker assists you with emotional and social issues, and gets you connected with vital resources at the hospital and in the community.
  • A chaplain offers spiritual support for you and your loved ones according to your faith-based needs.
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What Comfort Care Covers  

With palliative care, you and your family receive:

  • Comprehensive medical information about your illness and its progression
  • Assistance weighing burdens and benefits to make complex treatment choices, based on your personal values
  • Assistance getting medical decisions into writing 
  • Expert treatment of pain and other distressing symptoms
  • Attention to your emotional and spiritual needs, as well as those of your family and caregivers
  • Coordination with hospice services if desired