Indications for Palliative Consultation

Not just for patients with cancer.

The following criteria should be considered as criteria for initiating a palliative care referral:

  • Ask yourself, "Would I be surprised if this patient died in the next year?" If the answer is "yes," then consider a palliative consultation.
  • Patients with advancing dementia, end-stage renal failure, end-stage liver failure, congestive heart failure, advanced lung disease, advanced ALS/MS, have palliative needs
  • Frequent emergency room visit for the same diagnosis
  • Frequent hospital admissions for the same diagnosis in the last 30 days
  • Prolonged hospital or ICU stay (7-14 days) without evidence of improvement
  • Declining ability to complete activities of daily living
  • Difficult to control physical or emotional symptoms
  • Patient or family needs help making complex care decisions
  • Physician needs support with difficult conversations about prognosis

What Our Families Say

What you all do is amazing.  Thank you for all your help, support and guidance for my mother and family.  It was such a gift and a blessing to be with my mom and take care of her and to have her at home with my daughter and I.  We will never forget your kindness.  Thank you! ~ Patient's family

The services my husband and I received during his last stages of life were invaluable to us.  His primary wish at the end was to be at home.  I was very afraid that I couldn't grant that wish, but with the help of Pikes Peak Hospice he was able to be at home, where he was comfortable, until the very end.  I am also truly thankful for the grief counseling that you provided to me. ~ Patient's wife

Thank you for all your assistance during this time and for the care of my mother.  There are not enough compliments to give for the support, knowledge, bedside manner, courtesy and kindness. ~ Patient's daughter

 

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A Woman’s Journey to Volunteer With Purpose
01 Sep

Sue Rizzo, a volunteer with Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, recently shared with us her experience with hospice care for her father, and how that inspired her to volunteer with hospice and palliative care patients.