What is Palliative Care & Support Services?
Michael Cohn, M.D., talks about the PAMF Palliative Care Program
At PAMF we understand that the right support can help patients experience improved quality of life. That is why we offer a comprehensive palliative care and support services program to provide you and your family with the compassionate and coordinated care you need to manage your illness in the best possible way.
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness - whatever the diagnosis.
Our goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment.
- Empower you to manage your health
- Help you manage your symptoms and provide comfort
- Help you manage your medication
- Coordinate your care
- Help you plan for the future
- Maximize the quality of your life
How is that Different from Hospice Care?
Steve Lai, M.D., PAMF Palliative Care explains the difference between hospice and palliative care.
Unlike hospice care, Palliative Care and Support Services may be provided at any time during a person’s illness, even from the time of diagnosis. And, it can take place at the same time as curative treatment. Hospice always provides palliative care; however, hospice is focused on patients who no longer seek treatments to cure them.
Your Guide to POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) - California's resource page for consumers
Advance Healthcare Directive (AHCD - PAMF's information & resources page for AHCDs
Coalition for Compassionate Care (POLST, AHCD, DNR)
Pain Management Information for Palliative Care (pdf, download the Download Acrobat Reader