What is palliative care?
Palliative care is an interdisciplinary team committed to providing compassionate quality care including symptom management, relief of suffering, education and support to patients who are seriously ill, their families and caregivers.
How can palliative care help me and my family?
Our professionally trained team of physicians, a nurse practitioner, nurse, social worker, case manager, trilingual medical interpreter/translator, pharmacist, physical therapist, and chaplain work with you to provide comfort, dignity, and the best quality of life.
The specialized care includes:
- Pain and other symptoms are treated effectively and compassionately.
- Discussions about goals of care.
- Guidance with complex treatment choices.
- Emotional and spiritual support of the patient, family, friends, and caregivers.
- Allowing the patient to preserve his/her dignity while making their wishes known.
- Refer to home health agencies, hospices, support groups, and other supportive services.
Who is eligible for palliative care?
Anyone living with a serious illness would be eligible for palliative care while in the hospital.
How can the Palliative Care Team be contacted?
You, your family member or any member of your health care team may request a palliative care consult by asking your physician, or by calling Palliative Care Services at (951) 486-4328.
Will my physician continue to care for me?
Yes, your physician will continue to care for you, and will work with the Palliative Care Team to ensure that you get the best possible care.
Is palliative care the same as hospice?
No. Palliative care is based in the hospital. You can receive palliative care at any time during your illness and can receive all other treatments at the same time. Hospice care is generally provided at home. Hospice is a type of palliative care for patients who are nearing the end of their lives.
Who are the people providing the care on the Palliative Care Team?
The Palliative Care team includes physicians, a nurse practitioner, nurse, social worker, case manager, medical interpreter/translator, pharmacist, physical therapist, and a chaplain who have specialized training and expertise in helping people with serious illness.
"To cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always" -Sir William Osler