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

Please applaud everyone at the IPU for the loving care of my mom, 
hugs when I cried, answering questions when asked.  Thank you. ~ Patient's son

There are not words to describe how much everyone at Pikes Peak Hospice is appreciate. 
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking such great care of my loved one as she made her final journey. 
I will miss her terriby but am at peace because she was at peace in the end
which is largely due to the care of her Hospice team. 
Thank you to all the staff. ~ Patient's family

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Dr. Jessica Zitter returns to Colorado Springs
26 Jul

Join Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care for a free, community education event and presentation from Dr. Zitter about "A New Kind of Heroism" as she exposes the public health crisis from an insider's perspective.