The goal of palliative (PAL-lee-uh-tiv) care is to improve a patient's quality of life. Our team works with physicians to help patients become more comfortable by reducing stress levels, easing symptoms and exploring the best options for care. Palliative care is an option for anyone who is seriously ill and whose life is disrupted by symptoms or medical treatments.
Accepting palliative care services does not mean abandoning aggressive treatment, nor should it be confused with end-of-life or
Instead, it means you will receive additional support including:
Palliative care begins with a discussion of your understanding of your medical condition. If you would like, we can arrange a conference with a doctor to discuss your medical condition with you and your family.
The palliative care team works with a patient’s caregivers to manage troubling symptoms from many diseases including:
We discuss and can help you complete an
Advance Directive document. We will explain how this document helps you, your family and your health care providers plan for and define the kinds of medical treatments you want and do not want both now and in the future.
We discuss and provide education about medical procedures that are being suggested, helping you to balance any risks of treatment with their potential benefit.
Many chronic and serious diseases or illnesses have symptoms or side effects from treatments that can make you feel sick or uncomfortable. We work with your doctors and nurses to help you manage these symptoms and side effects, including the following:
- Shortness of breath
- Sleep disruption
- Sadness or discouragement
Emotional and Spiritual Support
It is not uncommon for patients with a serious diagnosis to feel stressed out or anxious, and this can impact your overall health. We help identify your biggest stressors and then take steps to minimize or remove them. These stressors may be financial, social, spiritual, family-related or from a lack of understanding. Once identified, we work with you, your family and your health care team to address them using a variety of means, including:
- Chaplain services
- Financial counseling
- Conflict resolution
- Legal resources referral
Ongoing Care Options
Palliative care begins in the hospital setting, but it does not end there. Palliative care assists with transitions of care as you are discharged. Working with you, your family, your social workers and your care coordinators, we help you choose the best possible setting for continued care. This ensures that you are connected to the resources you need to take the next step in caring for your health.
Floyd Medical Center
Palliative care services are available anytime day or night. However, a patient must first receive a doctor's order for a palliative care referral.
To begin this process, call 706.509.5115 or ask your health care provider for assistance.