Improving quality of life – living life to the fullest, despite chronic illness, is what Union Hospital’s Outpatient Palliative Care and Support services program is all about.
Palliative care should begin at the time of diagnosis. Palliative Care takes a holistic, comprehensive approach to treating an individual’s symptoms. It provides patients with specialized medical care to relieve the pain and stress of a serious illness and provide the best possible quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care may be complimentary to curative or life-prolonging therapies that are being used to meet patient-defined goals of care.
Services are provided by Union Hospital’s Palliative Care team, which includes a Hospice and Palliative board-certified physician, social worker, nurse practitioner, and a Chaplain. Our clinic is open twice each week.
Some of the services that may be provided by your Palliative Care team may include counseling with a Clinical Social Worker, Spiritual support provided by the Palliative Care Chaplin, Healing Touch massage provided by a certified practitioner, as well as home visits for those patients unable to visit the clinic.
Decisions about palliative care should be made by patients and their loved ones, with support from physicians, nurses, social workers, spiritual leaders and others.
Most insurance plans, including Medicare, cover palliative care services.