BayCare Health System is committed to improving the quality of life for our community. Our palliative care programs offer a holistic approach to relieving the pain, suffering and stress that patients with chronic illness are experiencing. Our palliative care team works with the patient and family to offer emotional, social and spiritual support and care.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is medical, spiritual and emotional care focused on relief of the pain, suffering and stress of advanced or chronic illness. It includes emotional, psycho-social and spiritual support for the patient and caregiver. If you or your family member have a chronic or life limiting illness such as heart or lung disease, or certain cancers or diabetes (among many others), you may be a candidate for palliative care services. The goal of palliative care is to make your life as comfortable and manageable as possible. Palliative care may be provided alongside curative and preventative treatments.
Who Provides Palliative Care?
The palliative care team may include specialized physicians, nurses, professional counselors and chaplains. The team works together with the patient, family and the patient's physician to offer hope, empowerment and the highest quality of care.
What Are Some of the Positive Outcomes of Palliative Care?
Studies have shown that Palliative care:
- Effectively relieves pain and symptom distress
- Helps with difficult decision-making
- Helps reduce confusion, anxiety and stress for the patient and family
- Eases transitions to other care services or settings
How Does the Patient and Family Benefit?
Thanks to the advances in modern medicine, people with chronic and advanced illnesses very often can live longer and more active lives. Palliative care offers numerous benefits to you and your family including:
- Expert treatment of pain and symptoms
- Respite from the worry, anxiety and depression that often accompanies chronic illnesses
- Coordination of care among various providers and health care settings
- Clear answers and communication
- A voice in decisions about the patient's care and quality of life
- Support for the family in their care giving role, offering advice, instruction and referral services
Palliative Care at St. Anthony's Hospital
Patients with an advanced or newly diagnosed life-threatening illness are candidates for the Palliative Care Program at St. Anthony’s Hospital. Palliative Care is a holistic approach, to control the pain and other symptoms of patients with advanced illness, such as chronic heart and lung disease, including certain cancers and diabetes. The focus of this approach is on providing compassionate, specialized attention to the needs of patients and their families. We attempt to improve the quality of their life in order to make their remaining years as comfortable as possible. Our Palliative Care Program team is composed of board-certified, palliative care physicians, certified physician assistants, Pastoral Care team members and social workers. The team meets with patients and their families to address their spiritual and social needs while working closely with physicians regarding treatment options. The mission at St. Anthony's Hospital is to care for the complete person and the goal of the Palliative Care Consult Service is to help patients and their families successfully cope with the effects of life threatening illness. For more information, call (727) 825-1127.
Palliative Care at Morton Plant Mease
Morton Plant Mease is proud to partner with Suncoast Hospice to provide patients with the care and comfort they deserve. We strive to attend to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our patients while improving their quality of life as they contend with chronic illnesses.
Learn more about palliative care at our locations below or call (877) 692-2922.