Overlake’s Palliative Care service is a unique program working in partnership with your doctor or healthcare team to provide a full spectrum of support, for all ages and at any stage of illness. Palliative care can be provided while you are undergoing active treatment and, when appropriate, can help with a transition to hospice for end-of-life care.
Overlake’s Palliative Care Team will help you plan and explore what is possible as you deal with your illness and provide the support you need for the journey ahead.
Palliative care services can be provided in multiple settings to best meet the needs of our patients. Overlake provides both inpatient consultation during hospitalization, and outpatient consultation through Overlake Clinics.
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What is a Consultation Program?
In clinic or in the hospital, our palliative care consultants work in partnership with you and your healthcare providers -- including oncologists, physical therapists, social workers, pharmacists and nurses -- to create a “roadmap” for living your life as fully as possible.
We also provide palliative care virtually and in-person.
How is Palliative Care different than Hospice Care?
When you hear the term “palliative care,” you might first think of “hospice” or end-of-life care, but there is a difference between the services that each provide.
While palliative care may be provided to some at the end of their lives, it is not limited to the terminally ill. The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life for seriously ill patients and their families.
- Addresses and provides relief from symptoms, pain and stress — whatever the diagnosis.
- Is given by an interdisciplinary team that includes a physician, nurse practitioner, social worker and chaplain.
- Works with a patient’s other healthcare providers to offer an extra layer of support.
- Is appropriate at any age and any stage of a serious illness.
- Can be provided together with curative treatment.
Hospice Care provides nurturing care for those who are terminally ill and treats the whole person — not only the condition — including pain management and emotional and spiritual support.
Hospice care focuses on:
- Providing care and comfort for those who are terminally ill, with a typical life expectancy of 6 months or less.
- Provides treatment for pain and symptoms rather than working to cure the disease.
- Services and support for family members, offering counseling and practical help (cleaning, grocery shopping, etc.).
- Some locations provide respite care (allows caregivers time away) and bereavement care while mourning a loss.
Hospice Care is not offered at Overlake.
The Overlake Palliative Care Team Provides:
- Expertise in managing symptoms such as nausea, constipation, fatigue, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping.
- Information and emotional support for you and your family so that you can identify your goals and match your treatment to those goals.
- Care and treatment that is coordinated with your doctors and can be provided together with curative treatment.
- A referral to physical therapy services that can help you continue daily activities and recreational pursuits.
- Help with finding support services to assist you on your journey.
If you are wondering if this is the best option for you or a loved one, below are some of the reasons patients choose palliative and supportive care:
- They are experiencing chronic, progressive or complex medical conditions.
- They are suffering from pain or other symptoms due to a serious illness.
- They have made multiple visits to the emergency room or have had readmissions to the hospital for the same concerns.
- They and/or their families are experiencing psychosocial, spiritual or caregiver distress.
- They need help understanding what to expect over the course of their serious illness and support with decision making and treatment goals.
Our goal is to help you live comfortably and create the best quality of life. Studies have shown that people diagnosed with cancer live longer and better with the support of palliative care experts who can address the stress and symptoms of illness.
How do I make an appointment?
To receive palliative care, ask for a referral from a physician such as your primary care doctor, oncologist, or radiation oncologist. After receiving a referral, an appointment will be arranged with you and your family and the palliative care team.
Palliative care is covered by most private insurances as well as Medicare and Medicaid
You may also call (425)-635-6393 for more information.