Listening to the Patient: Matching Goals to Treatment.
To ensure you or your family member receives truly comprehensive care, the RGHS Palliative Care team will listen to your needs and goals, and work with you, your family and your primary-care and specialist physicians to ensure those goals are met. Critically reviewing the medical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of each case helps us set care priorities with you.
Inpatient Palliative Care services at RGHS include:
- Effective management of pain and other symptoms including shortness of breath, nausea, anxiety, constipation, depression and fatigue
- Assistance in navigating the complex healthcare system, including coordinating care with primary and specialist physicians
- Helping to arrange essential services that are aligned with your needs to maximize medical care and comfort during and after a hospital stay
- Answering questions and providing counsel, assistance and support to you and your loved ones
Medical Advocacy – A Fresh Look
The RGHS Palliative Care Consult team will re-examine all aspects of your care – taking a fresh look at medical conditions, diagnoses, medications, treatments and symptoms – and incorporate your preferences into our recommended plan. Moving forward together, our palliative care team provides an extra layer of support and will advocate for the best medical care, symptom management and quality of life for you or your loved-one.
Our specialized Palliative Care services are intended to be provided along with curative or other medical treatments to give patients the most comfort and control over their illness. By providing personalized, compassionate medical care and practical support we will help you and your loved ones maintain your independence, prioritize the things you enjoy, and focus on the people you love.
Palliative Care may be appropriate whenever there is a serious illness and one or more of the following:
- Distressing or uncontrolled symptoms such as pain, nausea, or loss of appetite
- Frequent ER visits or hospitalizations for the same symptom or diagnosis
- Difficult medical decisions that may affect how you choose to live your life
- Transitions in care and coordination of services within the hospital or transitions out of the hospital (e.g. in home care or long term care such as nursing homes, residential care, or assisted living)
The early addition of Palliative Care to a patient’s treatment plan offers the greatest benefits in pain management, quality of life, and overall comfort and peace of mind.