Palliative Care

Comfort and Care for the Seriously Ill.

Palliative Care services aim to provide comfort and improve quality of life at any time during the course of a serious or advanced illness, often at the same time as curative or life prolonging treatments. Our Palliative Care team consists of specially-trained nurses, social workers, chaplains, therapists (physical, occupational and speech) and home health aides who work collaboratively to provide patients with physical, emotional and spiritual comfort.  The support and education provided by the team also provides much needed benefits for family members and caregivers and assists the patient and family to better understand and cope with the illness, and in making choices for care.

Patients with serious illnesses can find relief of symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, constipation, fatigue, loss of appetite, anxiety or depression. Palliative care is often provided, but not limited, to patients with the following diagnoses:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiac disease
  • Respiratory disease
  • AIDS
  • Kidney failure
  • Alzheimer’s/dementia
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Other neurological conditions including stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis

Helping us help you

Fully understanding a patient’s needs helps us determine just the right course of care necessary for living life to the fullest. To manage pain effectively, it’s important for patients to accurately communicate their level of discomfort. Our Pain Chart can help patients evaluate their pain so the Palliative Care team can provide proper and continuous relief of symptoms.

To learn more about pain, sources, and how you can ease it, click here. Holy Redeemer’s Palliative Care services can help you or your loved one improve their quality of life and reduce the discomfort and anxiety a serious illness can bring. For more information or to coordinate an admission, please call 1-888-678-8678.