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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
Compassion and Care Palliative Fund
Peter and Gail Ochs are continuing their long standing support for Hoag’s Palliative Care Program, which focuses on improving the quality of life of those facing serious illnesses through medical management and emotional support. Their recent gift will establish the Compassion and Care Palliative Fund.
“We believe in and have seen the deep value of palliative care, so people who are at end of life can have comfort, dignity, presence of loved ones, and some control over their decisions.”
“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”