Johnston Memorial Hospital
Palliative Care Services
Palliative Care is symptom-directed, patient-centered care for individuals living with progressive, chronic or life-threatening illnesses. The ultimate goal of Palliative Care is to improve the quality of life for patients and their families and friends. It is available to all inpatients regardless of payor source.
A patient is ready for Palliative Care whenever he/she has a need for symptom management. It is available for all patients, as well as those with progressive or chronic disease.
Palliative care services include:
- Pain management
- Communication among patients, families and provider team
- Continuity of care across a range of clinical settings and services
- Team-based care planning that involves the patients and family
- Assistance with decision making and identifying goals of care
- End-of-life care
- Facilitation of family meetings
- Providing social, psychological and spiritual support
- Bereavement support for families of patients who die and team members who provided care to the deceased, either directly through the chaplain services or by referral to bereavement services
- On-site hospice care (or off-site care through referral to a hospice agency) for patients who may have a limited prognosis
Palliative Care is also available through Home Care Services: