Our team works with a case manager, social worker, nurse and the attending physician to assist the patient and/or caregiver to identify and coordinate the elements/goals of a palliative care plan.
Pain and Symptom Management
We believe that no one should be in unbearable pain. Our team will work to assure that pain is treated effectively and compassionately, with both traditional and complimentary pain management approaches.
We provide emotional support to the patient and/or family members of a patient with a serious chronic illness or with an end-stage, terminal diagnosis.
Our pastoral care team member provides spiritual support to our patients and/or family members while they are coping with serious illness or end-of-life issues. Our pastoral care professionals provide spiritual services, which respect and honor the patient's cultural beliefs and rituals.
We strive to work with the patient and family in order to provide comfort, dignity and the best possible quality of life.
The objectives of the Holy Cross Hospital Palliative Care program are to:
- Provide total active care for persons with advanced medical illness, especially those with chronic and progressive life-limiting conditions.
- Help patients and their families live as fully and comfortably as possible and to reach each patient's goals for a good quality of life.
Those who live with serious illness may face some hard choices. It is a common experience for people to seek out specialists for assistance as they consider all available options.
Experts from the Holy Cross Hospital Palliative Care program are available-through a consult from the attending physician-to help with difficult decisions, including treatment options and end-of-life issues.