Palliative care is healthcare for individuals of any age who have a serious illness. Its goal is to ease pain and symptoms and provide support and information to patients and their loved ones. The Lower Cape Fear Hospice palliative care team works with a patient’s physician to determine the best medical plan of care.
Patients with chronic, long-term or serious illnesses are appropriate for palliative care. It is available to individuals to help with pain management, relief of suffering and education on their disease progression and prognosis. Family members are included in the plan of care, and the palliative care team provides support and information to them as well as the patient.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice palliative care services are available in Brunswick, New Hanover, Onslow, and Pender counties in North Carolina and Horry County in South Carolina.
The palliative care team is an interdisciplinary group of professionals who provide physical, emotional and spiritual care to patients as needed to assist the patient’s physician. The team may include physicians, advanced practice nurses, and other team members as needed. The team can assist with:
Physical Needs – Symptom Management and Relief of Suffering
- Nausea and vomiting, constipation, loss of appetite
- Breathing difficulties, dyspnea
- Tiredness. fatigue
- Anxiety, depression, mental confusion
Psychosocial and Care Coordination Needs
- Communication: Discuss the course of disease and goals of care
- Goal-setting: Establish the best possible quality of care as determined by patient and family
- Spiritual concerns
- Advanced directives: Explain options and assist with living will and healthcare power of attorney forms
- End-of-life decisions
- Emotional support for patients and families
- Coordinating care
- Transitions to alternate care settings, such as home, nursing home, or hospice when appropriate