Palliative Care

Office Number:  (816) 271-7826

Palliative Care is a team approach to patient and family-centered care, focused on maximizing quality of life for patients with a serious illness. The team consists of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and pharmacists. 

T – Time
E – Extra Support
A – Advance Care Planning
M – Manage Symptoms

Benefits of Palliative Care include:

  • Support due to frequent or prolonged hospital stays
  • Pain management or symptom relief
  • Exploration of goals of care
  • Assistance with decision-making and advance care planning

Palliative Care throughout the continuum of illness involves addressing physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs and to facilitate patient autonomy, access to information and choice.

We can manage symptoms such as:

  • Pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea and loss of appetite
  • Constipation
  • Confusion
  • Depression and anxiety

Other types of support include:

  • Emotional
  • Social
  • Spiritual
  • Resource options
  • Facilitation of family meetings
  • Address code status
  • Completion of advance directives/DPOA paperwork
  • Assistance with long-term goals

Services can be provided along with, or independent of, curative or life prolonging care.