Depending on your needs, palliative care may include:
Palliative care helps people with a life-limiting illness to have the best possible quality of life. It is available to everyone – of any age, race, culture, background, or religion, and most services are free.
Our palliative care team includes specially trained physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, and spiritual care counselors. We work together with patients, their families, and other members of their healthcare team to provide the best possible care and our goal is to help our patients live as well as possible for as long as possible by helping them feel better, make informed medical decisions and navigate the healthcare system.
- Medicine and other therapies to relieve your pain and manage symptoms
- Support for your family members
- Help and equipment to live comfortably at home where possible
- Help to meet your spiritual, religious, or cultural needs
- Regular visits from health workers and other care providers
Palliative care can be used at any time in your illness, not just for people who are near the end of life. You can continue treatment and use complementary therapies or traditional medicine as receiving palliative care.
Chinese Hospital offers inpatient palliative care services for hospitalized patients, as well as outpatient palliative care programs for outpatients with other serious illnesses. If you are an inpatient and would like to talk to our palliative care team, please speak with your medical care team or call 1-415-677-2349.