Having the Patient Conversation

As a trusted caregiver, you can help take the mystery out of palliative care. 

When you refer a patient for palliative care, consider these points:

  • I'm referring you for palliative care.

  • Palliative medicine is a specialized field focused on relieving pain and other symptoms.

  • You have some special needs and I think a palliative expert could help. When I have a patient who needs specialized cardiac care, I send her to a cardiologist. When a patient needs specialized joint care, I send him to an orthopedist. This is the same thing.

  • I will still be your doctor. Just think of the palliative care team as part of our team.

  • If applicable:  Palliative care will not affect our ongoing treatments to attack your disease.

  • At your consultation, the palliative care specialist will ask you about your pain, symptoms and current treatment. I'll be sending over some notes so they know what you and I have been working on. They'll also talk to you about your goals and wishes and the treatment options available to you. From there, a plan of action will be developed. They will communicate with me regularly, we work together.

What Our Families Say

"Everyone I have been in contact with for your organization is a
God-send to me on every level.  Thank you for your dedication to
your job and your concern for each patient."  August 2018

"What a caring team!  Not only do you care for the patients, but also for the family. 
We were always asked, 'Is there anything you need?  god bless you all."  February 2018

"Even though it's a challenge to be without my dad, I have so many happy memories of him,
it helps always.  Thank you for all the many things you did to help my dad in his last days. 
It was so sad to watch him pass, but knowing that he was being care for everyday by
so many others, made all the difference in the world.  You've all made me feel as
though I have support if needed.  Thank you!"  April 2017

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