Palliative and End-of-Life Care
Palliative care is supportive medical care, which focuses on the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of people with serious illnesses and their families. Palliative care may be provided simultaneously with all other medical treatments.
Palliative Care Consultation Services
Sacred Heart provides adult, pediatric and perinatal palliative support services. The Palliative Care Team includes:
- Palliative care physician
- Case managers
- Music thanatologists
- Palliative care nurse coordinator
- Palliative care nurse
- Social workers
- Cancer care coordinator
To access, or learn more about any of these services, call the Providence Center for Faith and Healing: (509) 474-3008.
The Palliative Care Team will address:
- Relief of pain and symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, breathlessness, depression, anxiety.
- Clarification of values and goals for ongoing care.
- Facilitation patient and family care conferences.
- Spiritual and pastoral care.
- Psychosocial support.
- Ethical, moral and legal issues in decision-making and end-of-life care.
- Coordination of treatment and care among doctors at all stages of illness.
- Comprehensive management of last days or hours of life.
- Coordination of seamless discharge to appropriate setting.
- Bereavement services.
- Education programs for physicians, nurses and other health care professionals about Palliative Medicine and Ethical and Moral decision-making at End-of-life.
How do I know if Palliative Care Service is right for me or my loved one?
Palliative Care Service is an option for you in the hospital if you are experiencing discomfort, dealing with serious illness or facing complex medical decisions. Palliative care may be especially helpful if the patient:
- has cancer, heart failure, AIDS, liver or kidney problems or dementia;
- has pain, trouble breathing or other distressing symptoms;
- is seriously ill and facing questions about the future; or
- has difficult medical decision to make and wants help thinking them through.
How can I get help from the Palliative Care Service?
You, your family, or any health care professional working with you simply needs to ask your doctor to call Providence Center for Faith and Healing at (509) 474-3008 and request the Palliative Care Service.
Will my doctor continue to care for me?
Yes. Your doctor will continue to take care of you and be in charge of your care. The Palliative Care staff will work with your doctor to ensure that you get the best possible care.
Is palliative care the same as hospice care?
No. Palliative Care Services is based in the hospital. You can receive palliative care at anytime during your illness and can receive all other treatments at the same time. Hospice care is generally provided at home, where, typically, the patient has decided to forego curative treatments for his or her illness.
Comfort Care Suites
The Comfort Care Suites are specialty, home-like rooms available to patients who are close to death and may not have time to get home. Family members are encouraged to stay around the clock to be with the patient during his or her last hours.
Special features include:
- A home-like environment with a private bath.
- Quiet and privacy in an intimate setting with home-like furniture, music, coffeemaker, TV/VCR, CD player, games, refrigerator.
- Sleeping space for several family members.
- Unrestricted visiting times, even by young family members