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Advanced Disease Management/Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialized medical care focused on relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of serious, life-threatening illness. Palliative care is appropriate at any point in an illness, and can be provided at the same time as curative treatments.

The Jeanes Hospital Department of Palliative Care serves patients who are dealing with complex medical problems, to provide management of symptoms, optimal pain relief, emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families.

How is palliative care different from hospice?

Palliative care can be provided during any phase of a patient’s illness. Patients may receive palliative care services at the same time as active treatment.

Hospice is for people in the final six months of life who wish to stop curative treatment and focus on comfort.

What is the goal of palliative care?

The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and family, by providing support and relief from symptoms.

  • Managing pain and other symptoms, such as shortness of breath, anxiety, fatigue and nausea
  • Discussing treatment options and patient wishes, and establishing goals of care.
  • Planning for the future course of illness.
  • Discussing health care advocates, advance directives, living wills and end-of-life care.
  • Providing emotional and spiritual support.

  • How does a patient start the palliative care process?

    Palliative Care services are available for patients at Jeanes Hospital during hospitalization, at the request of the patient, family or attending physician.

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