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What is Palliative Care
Palliative care is active total care for people with advanced medical illness, especially chronic and progressive life limiting conditions. The primary goal of palliative care is to help patients and their families live as fully and comfortably as possible and have the best possible quality of life by helping relieve their suffering. It is about managing treatment options according to patient goals.
The Hoag Palliative Care Team is here for patients and families facing the challenges of serious illness to work in partnership with physicians and healthcare teams to make sure all needs are identified and understood.
The Hoag Palliative Care Program offers inpatient and outpatient consultation with the goal of minimizing suffering and improving a quality of life for patients and their caregivers.
Inpatient and Outpatient Services
The Palliative Care Team at Hoag provides several inpatient and outpatient services, including:
- Complex pain and symptom management
- Supportive counseling
- Emotional and spiritual support
- Goals of care discussions
- Education regarding outpatient palliative care services
- Outpatient clinic visits
- Care coordination with community resources
- Advance care planning
Who can Benefit?
Anyone with chronic progressive illness, regardless of cause. The goal of Palliative care is to maximize quality of life and focuses on preventing, treating, reducing or removing discomfort whenever and however it appears through careful attention to:
- Pain Management
- Symptom Control
- Emotional Support
- Spiritual Support