Palliative Care: At Home or In-Hospital
What is palliative care?
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses, designed to provide relief from related symptoms and pain. Palliative care can be provided to patients, during any stage of illness—no matter the diagnosis—and together with curative treatment. And, Summa provides palliative care in Summa hospitals, in patients' homes or in assisted living facilities.
At Summa, palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and various specialists who work with a patient’s specialty doctors to provide an extra layer of support. This holistic care model focuses on giving patients relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis—while working to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Palliative care also works closely with caregivers, who face a tremendous challenge caring for their loved one while trying to balance a work/life schedule that may include taking care of a young child. Our team can help caretakers search for community support resources and provide counseling to help ease the burden.
When is Palliative Care appropriate?
Palliative care is appropriate at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment.
At Summa, our patients are at different stages of illness, from active treatment to recovery to non-curative care. Each Summa patient’s care plan is designed holistically—for the whole person—to be as unique as the individual for whom it is created. This approach to palliative care helps us to effectively address the emotional, social, and spiritual issues many patients face, and to provide them with the highest quality of life possible before, during, and after treatment.
Our Palliative Care Services teams include:
- social workers
- pastoral care professionals
While the patient receives all other appropriate treatments, our Palliative Care Consult Services team focuses on easing the suffering from symptoms like pain, nausea, fatigue, breathlessness, depression, and anxiety. In addition, our team:
- Coordinates with the physician, nurse practitioner, social worker, dietitian, and spiritual care
providers that patients with serious illness require;
- Explains treatment options; and
- Accesses resources outside of the hospital.
We also work closely with caregivers, acknowledging the tremendous challenges they face when caring for loved ones, by helping to search for community support resources and providing counseling.
Summa’s Palliative Care service is currently available in a patient's home, at assisted living facilities or at any of these Northeast Ohio hospitals or facilities:
For more information call toll-free 888-720-5318 or request an appointment with one of our specialists.