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Palliative Support Services

What does the Consulting Team do?

Physician/Nurse Practitioner

  • Your attending doctor is involved with your care in most cases
  • Make recommendations for management of complex symptoms
  • Discuss your medical care with other physicians involved in your care including your primary care provider
  • Ensure that patient and family members understand the diagnosis and prognosis
  • Educate medical and other staff members about palliative medicine

Nurses

  • Assess the patient and family
  • Develop an initial Palliative Care plan
  • Assist in management of difficult symptoms
  • Advocate for patient and family members and caregivers regarding goals of care
  • Educate staff members about palliative care
  • Assure that all appropriate disciplines are included on the team
  • Coordinate process improvement activities

Social Workers

  • Help patients and families cope with many issues
  • Assist with resource identification and discharge planning
  • Support advance care planning including assistance with advance directives
  • Facilitate patient and family meetings with members of the interdisciplinary team

Spiritual Care

  • Discuss spiritual concerns with patient and family
  • Advocate for the patient and family members
  • Educate team members regarding spiritual concerns
  • Assist with spiritual rituals including memorial services and bereavement follow-up