Who is involved in palliative care?
Palliative care actively involves you and your loved ones.
Together you will work with health care providers in your doctor's office or
your home, or in a hospital, nursing home, or hospice. If you are interested in
palliative care, talk with your doctor. He or she may be able to manage your
palliative care needs or may refer you to someone who is trained in palliative
Many hospitals now have palliative care teams. These teams often
include palliative care doctors, nurses, and
social workers. The teams may also include spiritual
respiratory therapists, and volunteers.
How can I work with a palliative care team?
Good communication is a large part of palliative care. Your
palliative care providers will encourage you to listen to your feelings and to
talk about what is most important to you. They will also try to explain things
to you and your loved ones in ways you can understand. Then they will work with
your primary care doctor to make sure that your care is meeting your goals,
such as managing disturbing symptoms or making future plans.
You may talk about anything and everything during a palliative
care visit, including:
- Pain and medicine side
- Emotional and social challenges, such as helping your
family get along better.
- Spiritual concerns.
- Goals and
- Hospice care.
Advance directives. Advance directives are instructions to your doctor and loved
ones about what kind of care you want if you become unable to speak for
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