Palliative Care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness. The goal is prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification, assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, including physical, psychosocial, and spiritual. Their mission is “to honor the values of patients and families during the crossroads of serious illness through an interdisciplinary approach that utilizes advocacy, guidance, stewardship, and compassion.”
Some of the main benefits, when palliative care is collaborating with the interdisciplinary medical team, are improved advanced care planning, patient and caregiver satisfaction, and lower health care utilization.
Reasons for palliative care consults:
- Shared decision making
- Advanced Directives and Code status
- Clarification of goals
- Symptom management
- Discussion of hospice
- Communication with patients and families
- Substantial risk of death within one year.
Palliative care has been a service at Camden Clark since August 2014. It was started by the palliative care committee and Donna Adams, RN. Three years ago, Lisa Moretti, RN, joined her, and in January 2021, Jennifer Leavitt, DO became part of the team as medical doctor.
A palliative care consult requires a physician’s order. Please contact your Primary Care provider or (304) 424-2827.