What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses.
This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the
symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness, regardless of their diagnosis.
The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and their
family members. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses
and other specialists who work with a patient’s primary physician
to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at
any age and any stage of a serious illness, and can be provided together
with curative treatment.
Palliative Care Services are available to patients in the hospital with
referrals to home health. The focus of Palliative Care is symptom management
and to promote the best quality of life for patients and family members.
We are committed to providing access to compassionate, state-of-the-art
palliative care. We are the community’s first choice for patient-centered
care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and managing
pain and distressing symptoms.
- Our highly skilled interdisciplinary team, in partnership with the patient,
their family members and health care providers, coordinate seamless care
and continuity across the continuum.
- We listen to the patient’s unique needs, goals, values and preferences
to clearly communicate their care options and honor their informed choices.
- We believe the whole of life is sacred and that emotional and spiritual
healing is possible, even when curing is not. Palliative care begins when
a person is diagnosed with a life-altering condition and continues through
cure or transition to hospice and into bereavement. If the decision has
been made to no longer treat the underlying illness, all palliation may
be provided through hospice.
Who can receive Palliative Care?
Any person facing a debilitating or serious illness, regardless of life
expectancy, may receive palliative care. A patient’s physician would
order a palliative care team consultation, then a member of the team will
collaborate with the physician, and meet with the patient and family within
a day (Monday through Friday).
Can Palliative Care be used while receiving treatments to cure an illness?
Yes, patients may receive curative treatments and palliative care at the
Palliative Care Services
We anticipate, manage and proactively treat distressing symptoms, such as:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
We treat people suffering from serious and chronic illnesses, such as:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Cardiac disease, such as congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Kidney failure
- Any other serious illnesses
The Mission Hospital Palliative Care Team
Each member of our Palliative Care team offers a unique resource to our
patients with the goal of honoring the patient’s wishes as the foundation
of our care plan. Our team consists of:
- Physicians and nurse practitioners who have received specialized education
in palliative care
- Spiritual Care staff
- Social workers
- Integrative therapists, such as massage therapists, acupuncturists and
- Nurse palliative care coordinator
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- To serve the patient and family members with personalized care planning,
professional service and caring relationships within our health care ministry
- To provide excellent care that is holistic and seamless across health care settings
- To provide comfort, offering everything we can to manage pain and symptoms
- To bring compassionate care to strengthen relationships, meaning and hope
- To communicate with patients and family members, to be actively involved
in decision making
- To achieve the best quality of life for patients and family members
- To support family and loved ones
For questions or more information, please contact the Palliative Care team
at (949) 364-1400 ext. 7668.