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Palliative Care

Saint Luke's offer palliative care to patients experiencing any stage of serious illness.

Hospital-based palliative care:

  • Supports patients with serious or life-limiting illnesses by offering comfort, choices, and dignity to enhance their lives
  • Helps patients with serious illnesses, regardless of the stage of their disease or need for other treatments

Saint Luke's palliative care professionals:

  • Help patients achieve the best quality of life
  • Establish a plan of care based on each individual patient's goals, needs, values, beliefs, and culture
  • Work with the patient's primary doctor or current physician to enhance the patient’s quality of life
  • Create meaning in patients’ lives by supporting their personal reflections, nurturing relationships, and building and sharing memories

Our palliative care services

Depending on each patient's goals and needs, Saint Luke’s palliative care services can include:

  • Management of distressing symptoms. We work with each patient's doctor to lessen pain, nausea, shortness of breath, and other symptoms.
  • Education. Palliative care staff can coordinate family conferences to provide education and assistance in setting goals of care.
  • Treatment choices. Staff members provide guidance and support regarding difficult treatment decisions.
  • Facilitate communication. Our team can support communication in complicated medical and family situations.
  • Spiritual and emotional support. Saint Luke's chaplains provide a range of spiritual support based on the patient's and family's faith and needs.
  • Accessing resources. Staff can provide information on available home care and community resources.

Our palliative care team

Saint Luke's multidisciplinary palliative care teams work together to support the patient, families, and the current treatment team. Our team includes:

  • Doctors and nurse practitioners specializing in symptom management and plan of care coordination
  • Social workers, who counsel patients and families about health, family, legal, and financial issues; discharge planning; and information on community resources
  • Chaplains, who offer spiritual and emotional support, counseling, and coping strategies

Defining palliative care and hospice

Palliative care is available for any stage of serious illness.

Hospice is a comprehensive palliative care program for patients nearing the end of life. To qualify for hospice, patients cannot be receiving treatment.

Accessing palliative care

Palliative care requires a doctor's order and is generally covered by insurance.

To receive a referral for palliative care, talk with the physician directing the patient's care or call the palliative care team at your Saint Luke's location.