Palliative care is a holistic, patient and family-centered approach for those facing the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual challenges of life-limiting conditions. It is appropriate at every stage of the disease process and can serve patients and their loved ones whether seeking aggressive treatment or not. Palliative care services enhance comfort and quality of life by managing symptoms and increasing patient choice and access to information.
Steward Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center and Good Shepherd Community Care have partnered to provide palliative care consultative services to SEMC patients and families. Palliative care consults can support clinicians, patients, and families with complex symptom management, conversations about the nature/progression of illness, and discussions about options and goals of care
One of Good Shepherd’s Palliative Care Practitioners, will be on site at SEMC to offer consistent presence and availability to patients, families, and clinicians, as well as provide community-based follow-up visits to those patients and families who need it. This model will not only provide quality, patient-centered care, but it will also reduce the length of hospital stays and the likelihood of rehospitalization.
When to Consider a Palliative Care
Consult Patients with:
- Frequent hospitalizations
- Prolonged ICU stay
- Poor symptom management
- Lack of psychosocial support
- Functional decline
- New potentially life-limiting diagnosis
- Rapid disease progression/ advanced illness
- Goals of care discussion
- Advanced care planning
To learn more about how palliative care can help you or your loved one please call (617) 969-6130.
Hospice of the Good Shepherd DBA Good Shepherd Community Care is a 501 © 3 not-for-profit organization. Our Federal Tax ID number is 04-2655734. Donations are fully deductible to the extent permitted by IRS guidelines