What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is a specialized treatment option that offers advanced pain and symptom management to patients with chronic, progressive illness - such as, heart disease, lung disease, dementia or cancer - regardless of their prognosis. The goal of pallliative care is to improve the quality of a patient's life.
Our team of specialists includes the largest number of board-certified hospice and palliative care physicians and nurse practitioners in the state. Their education and expertise make them uniquely qualified to help patients with chronic illness to achieve comfort and maintain the highest possible quality of life.
What palliative care services do Hope Hospice & Palliative Care Rhode Island provide?
Our specialists are available to help hospital patients and nursing home residents dealing with advanced chronic illness, and their loved ones by:
- Helping families set clear goals for treatment and supporting them through difficult medical decisions
- Evaluating a patient's pain and other symptoms and making treatment recommendations specific to their situation
- Identifying additional support services in the community
- Enhancing coordination of care and communication among doctors, nurses, counselors and other healthcare providers
Palliative care takes into account the unique needs of patients and offers recommendations for managing symptoms, which can include pain, fatigue, constipation, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, restlessness, incontinence, confusion, lack of appetite, dry mouth, and skin problems among others. In addition to drug therapies, non-pharmacological solutions are suggested that may help comfort patients and relieve stress. They can include Reiki, music and pet therapy.
When should I call for a consult?
- If a patient is experiencing any type of pain or symptoms that are not easily controlled or do not consistently respond to prescribed interventions
- If a patient has had severe pain for more than 24 hours
- If a patient has demonstrated a change in behavior or a decline in functional status and the etiology is unknown
A nurse practitioner or physician will assess the patient's physical, emotional, and spiritual status, and make recommendations for care to the staff who will contact the primary care physician to discuss the recommendations and obtain the orders.
For more information about our palliative care services, call (401) 782-0725.