Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care ( pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness-whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Palliative Care is provided by a team of doctors, nurse practitioners, social workers and other specialists who work together with a patient’s health team to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.

Physician: Specializes in creating effective relationships for collaboration with all the other physicians and nurses involved in your care. The Palliative Care physician may also participate in an interdisciplinary family meeting to ensure that you and your family have the greatest possible understanding of the circumstances surrounding your medical care.

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP): Specialize in complex clinical assessment of medical issues, as well as assessment of pain and other symptoms that may be surrounding your clinical diagnoses. The ARNP may provide additional recommendations to your physician regarding your needs.

Master Level Medical Social Worker or a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW): Provides critical psychosocial support, assessment and counseling to you and your family member during your hospitalization. The Social Worker will assist you and your family members in having the best understanding of your medical condition, and will discuss in detail and decisions and options that may be made for continuation in care. The Social Worker is able to collaborate with your family and provide a basic medical overview of the progression in your care.

Chaplin: Provides ongoing spiritual and psychosocial support to both you and your family as you begin to unpack and process the information that is coming from all other members of your medical team.

The NCH Healthcare System Palliative Care Team has professionals available to you throughout your stay. Available Consultation Liaison Services

  • Pet Therapy
  • Arts in Healing
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatry
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Bereavement Support