Palliative Care Program
Palliative care is the special care provided to patients and their families who are dealing with a serious illness. Nurses, physicians, social workers, and chaplains at AGCH will work together to decrease the physical, emotional and spiritual suffering as associated with life-limiting illness. This approach is used whether the goal of care is to cure or control the illness. Palliative care is also offered to patients at the end of life.
The goal of the AGCH palliative care team is to work collaboratively with physicians and other members of the medical staff to offer support and provide the best quality of life for patients and their loved ones. Discussing how to accomplish this with a patient, their family is a focus of our program especially for persons with life-limiting illnesses. These illnesses include chronic heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, renal failure and other disease where life expectancy may be a year or less.
Palliative care at AGCH also includes symptom management for patients with serious illnesses. The Palliative Care team also provides emotional and spiritual support for the patient and family and acts as a liaison to ensure that the patient's wishes for end-of-life care are met.
To increase quality of care and family participation when a loved one is in the end stage of their illness, AGCH has also generously donated a "Comfort Cart" for end-of-life Palliative care patients. The "Comfort Cart" is a mobile cabinet that provides families with books and spiritual items such as a Bible, Torah or Koran. The "comfort cart" also has a TV, VCR, and CD player so families can bring in home videos or play soft music for their loved ones. The cart contains snacks and prepackaged "comfort" bundles containing lip balm, massage lotion and mouth care products. Family members will also have access to a lounge chair that makes into a bed, a rocker/recliner, table lamp and small refrigerator for their convenience.
For more information call 489-4261 Ext. 4129 or 4231.