Palliative Care Consult Service – Rural

Description

This service provides palliative care consultative support for adult patients, families, and healthcare teams to help manage complex palliative symptoms related to the patient¿s life-threatening disease.

Palliative Care Consult services include:

assessment and management of the patient’s symptoms (e.g., pain, delirium, nausea, anxiety, dyspnea, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual distress) with the primary care team
education for patients and families about how the disease will progress and care needed at the end of life
suggestions for receiving the best possible end-of-life care and support for families faced with the loss of a loved one
help with thinking about, talking about and documenting wishes for health care in the event the patient becomes incapable of consenting to or refusing treatment or other care
help with determining the medical order used to describe and communicate the general aim or focus of care including the preferred location of care
help with exploring care options after leaving the hospital, receiving palliative care focused services, which may include moving to a different care setting (e.g., a hospice)
information and advice for healthcare providers about palliative care

Phone
403-995-2714

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