What is palliative care?
Palliative care is an approach to care that affirms life and treats death as a normal part of the life process. It differs from hospice care in that it provides care to all patients with advanced illness regardless of life expectancy or whether patients wish to continue medical treatment and/or pursue resuscitation, if needed. Palliative care provides:
- Relief from pain and other symptoms
- Integration of emotional and spiritual aspects of care
- Support for patients to live as actively as possible
- Assistance for the family in coping with illness and bereavement
Who Needs Palliative Care?
Palliative care is about providing optimal comfort for patients with advanced, progressing illness, including those suffering from heart, lung, liver or kidney disease, dementia, progressive neurological disorders, stroke, HIV or cancer.
The Gold Coast Home Health Palliative Care program is dedicated to the physical comfort and emotional support of patients with advanced illness regardless of diagnosis, prognosis, or medical treatment needs.
Our interdisciplinary team includes nurses specializing in palliative care, AIDS, physical, occupational, and speech therapists, social workers, nutritional guidance, chaplain and bereavement services.
Our program is directed by Pamela M. Sutton M.D. who is board-certified in palliative care by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Speak With a Representative
For more information, or to speak with a Gold Coast Home Health & Hospice representative, contact us.