Palliative Care

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Palliative Care Consult Service- For people living with serious illness...

What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing the patient with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness – whatever the diagnosis.

The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family by treating the symptoms of serious illness. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work with a patient’s other doctors. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment. 

The Palliative Care Consult Service is available to all hospitalized patients at Inspira Health Network

Palliative Care may be especially helpful if you:

  • Have a serious illness such as heart failure, advanced lung disease, cancer, liver, kidney problems, AIDS, neurological disease or dementia.
  • Have significant pain or discomfort
  • Are seriously ill and facing questions about the future
  • Are confused about your medical conditions and choices

How can the Palliative Care Consult Service at Inspira help?

  • When you or your family member has a serious illness, you need answers, relief, expertise, and individualized care.The palliative care team at Inspira has specialized knowledge and skills in  helping people with serious illness.  Working with your primary doctor we provide:
  • Expert treatment of distressing symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, constipation, pain, breathlessness, depression, insomnia, or anxiety
  • Improved quality of life for those living with serious illness
  • Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family
  • Guidance to help you understand your illness and your choices for medical care
  • Help in identifying what is important to you to give you the best quality of life.

Do I have to stop my  current treatment to receive palliative care? 
No. The Palliative Care Consult Service works in partnership with your primary doctor throughout your hospitalization and treatments

Is Palliative Care the same as Hospice? 
No.  Hospice care is meant specifically for those approaching the last stages of life, while palliative care is appropriate for any stage of a serious illness

How can you get palliative care while you are in the hospital?
Tell your family, friends, and caregivers that you want palliative care. Then ask your  doctor for a referral to the Palliative Care Consult Service.

For more information about palliative care please call:
(856) 641-8650

  • Christopher T. Ballas, MD
    Board Certified in palliative medicine
  • Linda DeGrazia APN
    Board Certified Nurse Practioner