Palliative Care at Queen of the Valley Medical Center

St. Joseph Health physicians and staff know that this is an overwhelming and difficult time for you and your family. You don’t have to do this alone. We’re here to answer questions, provide support and help you and your family. Providing compassionate hospice and palliative care for people nearing the end of their lives is one of the hallmarks of St. Joseph Health’s care.

By improving communication and coordination, our Supportive Care Team can help create a smoother transition as the patient moves from the hospital to the next phase of care. Palliative Care is available to help control symptoms, even after being discharged from the hospital. Whether an illness is potentially curable, chronic or life-threatening, Palliative Care can play an important role in allowing a patient to live life more fully.

When should Palliative Care be considered?

Palliative care may enhance a patient’s quality of life. Whether an illness is new, chronic, or life threatening, we can help reduce emotional and physical burdens, such as nausea, acute shortness of breath, fatigue and depression.

Which conditions are eligible for palliative care?

Conditions commonly treated with Palliative Care include cancer, congestive heart failure and late-stage HIV disease. Ask your Palliative Care team if Palliative Care might be appropriate for you or your loved one.

How are treatment decisions made?

Our care is patient and family centered. That means the patients and families questions will be answered and wishes will be heard, respected, and honored. We can also help relieve some of the pressure and anxiety about the future, by offering advance care planning and decision-making help for you and your family. Open discussions include exploring your treatment choices and how best to manage your overall situation.

What types of services does the Supportive Care team provide?

Working together with your doctor and treatment plan, our Supportive Care Team offers:

  • Assistance with decision making in all aspects of your care
  • Compassionate presence to strengthen your sense of hope
  • Help transitioning between health care settings
  • Holistic care — attuned to your physical, emotional, spiritual, and social needs
  • Practical guidance with your next steps in care — identifying concerns and presenting options in thinking through possibilities
  • Support of your family and loved ones
  • Vigorous treatment of your pain and other physical symptoms

Who can make a referral?

Patients, families and healthcare providers may refer to palliative care and admission is reviewed by the Palliative Care Team.

For more information or to speak with someone about Palliative Care, call (707) 257–4042

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