Palliative & Supportive Care Services
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At Indiana Regional Medical Center (IRMC), we utilize a team of professionals to help patients, families, and caregivers confront issues associated with advanced diseases, treatment goals, and hospice. We strive to maximize the quality of life for patients, regardless of life expectancy. We help manage medical symptoms associated with a terminal diagnosis or incurable illness.
To provide an interdisciplinary team approach to improve the quality of living and dying by advocating comfort, dignity, and choice to the patients of Indiana Regional Medical Center.
What is palliative and supportive care?
Palliative care is specialized treatment for pain, discomfort, or stress of serious illness. It is often misunderstood or mistaken for solely end-of-life care in fact, it can help a patient at any stage of illness and life.
Palliative care is medical care designed to support any other treatment patients receive by helping them live comfortably throughout their illness.
- Pain management.
- Symptom management including:
- Shortness of breath.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Bowel blockage.
- Delirium and confusion.
- Nutritional issues.
- Facilitation of patient/family understanding.
- Family and patient support dealing with end-of-life issues.
- Management of complications of advanced disease.
- Spiritual counseling.
- Bereavement support.
- Hospice care.
- Discharge planning.
- Assistance with advance directives.
Palliative and supportive care is provided via an interdisciplinary team of professionals including:
- Certified palliative care physician.
- Certified palliative care nurse.
- Primary care physician and nurses.
- Social services.
What is involved with a palliative care and supportive service consult?
At the first visit the palliative care physician and nurse will review the patient's records, interview and examine the patient, discuss problems and suggested treatments with the patient and care providers. We follow-up on a regular basis until the patient's symptoms are under maximum control.
To plan and promote comprehensive short and long term care including evaluations and treatment plans, the team works closely with the patient's referring physician.
Palliative Care Team Coordinator
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