Facing a serious illness can be an emotional and challenging experience. Palliative care at Overlake Medical Center is designed to assist you and your family through this difficult time. Our services include making recommendations for medications or other treatments to manage the symptoms associated with your serious illness. We also help you make the most informed decisions about your medical care by providing information, compassion and support. During your hospital stay, palliative care helps ensure that patients receive the highest level of coordinated care.
A full range of palliative care services can help you and your family:
- Manage pain and other symptoms throughout your hospitalization.
- Manage worry, anxiety, depression and other emotions that can affect your health.
- Develop and share your overall care goals.Learn about medical treatments and their impact on your long-term health.
- Receive clear, ongoing communication from your care team.
- Make informed healthcare decisions.
While hospice care is reserved for patients with a serious illness in the last six months of life, palliative care services are available anytime after diagnosis of a serious illness.
A Dedicated Team
Palliative care at Overlake is provided using a team approach and offered along with all other appropriate forms of medical treatment. The palliative care team includes specially trained physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists and others, who work together with your primary physician to improve your quality of life.
The hallmarks of palliative care – communication and coordination – combined with excellent medical care, enable you to maintain your quality of life as much as possible. Our team will work with you so that your care is coordinated between the hospital and other care providers.
Improving Patient Care
The palliative care approach is offered by leading medical centers across the country. Studies have shown that palliative care programs improve clinical outcomes, decrease the amount of time you spend in the Critical Care Unit, reduce the total length of your hospital stay and ease patient transitions between care settings.
Read more about our palliative care program in the spring 2011 issue of Healthy Outlook.