The palliative care team aids hospitalized patients and their families in countless ways. For example, they:
- Help patients and their families make informed health care decisions about treatment options, including hospice if and when necessary;
- Work with the primary medical team to help reduce the patient’s pain and symptoms as possible;
- Help patients establish personal goals of care and shared decision making based on individual values and preferences;
- Give comfort, guidance, and support to patients and their families;
- Enhance communication between clinical care teams and families during this emotional time;
- Let patients and families know what to expect and help them prepare;
- Preserve the patient's dignity at every stage of illness.
Each patient and family has different needs, but one thing never changes: Palliative care is dedicated to creating the best possible quality of life for each person and their loved ones.