Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses that focuses on reducing symptoms, pain and stress–whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both patient and family. Such care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other specialists who work with the patient’s doctors. Palliative care is an extra layer of support whereby the team can offer information and guidance for complex medical decisions. It is appropriate at any age or stage in a serious illness and can be provided with curative treatment.
Read here about one patient’s experience with Prisma Health Palliative Care and why it is “good medicine” for someone experiencing a serious illness. Palliative Care team members advocate for patients and their families, communicating to their providers how they feel and what they want. Sometimes, seriously ill patients don’t have the strength to do that.
Palliative care specialists treat people suffering from serious and chronic illnesses, including cancer, cardiac disease such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and many more. Read more about how palliative care can work with different disease types.
Outpatient palliative care services are provided to cancer patients in collaboration with the Prisma Health Cancer Institute.
Our team specializes in palliative care for adults only. If you have a minor child who may be a candidate for palliative care, learn more about our pediatric palliative care services.
Remember, you can receive palliative care at any point during your illness. Take this quiz to determine if you, or someone close to you, would benefit from palliative care. Carefully consider your quiz result along with the below services offered by our palliative care team to make the best decision for yourself or your loved one.
Palliative care referrals can be made by physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers, case managers, or at the request of the patient and family. When a referral is requested, the palliative care team will meet with the patient and family to discuss needs and options.
To find out more about palliative care services at Greenville Memorial Hospital, call (864) 455-3287. The fax number is (864) 455-8358.To learn more about palliative care services at Oconee Memorial Hospital, call (864) 885-7129. If you are interested in career opportunities within palliative care visit the Prisma Health careers site.