Ask your doctor, nurse, social worker, chaplain or other care provider. In the hospital, we have an interdisciplinary team working together to coordinate individualized care. The hospitalist provides physician oversight. Other team members include nationally certified nurses and social workers, chaplains, specially trained pharmacists, and nurse case managers. The staff members on the palliative care team are committed to helping people with all of the issues that come with serious illness and have the training and experience to provide the right support. There is no extra cost for palliative care; it simply provides a more coordinated approach, improving the quality of care.
What is palliative care?
For patients with a serious illness, such as metastatic cancer, advanced lung disease, congestive heart failure, or advanced dementia, palliative care is an option that addresses quality of life by providing treatments and support to manage the symptoms, pain and stress of illness. Palliative care is provided by a team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists, dietitians, and other specialists, who help patients and families gain a full understanding of the disease process and information about treatment options and resources for support.