Palliative Care refers to the multidisciplinary approach to the care of the physical, psychological, social, spiritual and related needs of patients who are dealing with incurable or terminal illnesses. Kent Hospital is a leading area supporter of the importance of palliative care in the management of a patient’s progressive illness.
Under the medical direction of a palliative care physician, Kate Lally, MD, the palliative care program is gaining growing acceptance by patients and providers. The goal of palliative care is to help patients maintain the best possible quality of life, through pain management, control of symptoms and restoration of the maximum degree of activities of daily living. Sensitivity to individual cultural, religious and social concerns are paramount. Palliative care is offered as a complement to traditional medical therapies.
Palliative care involves:
- Social work.
- Pastoral care.
- Rehabilitation therapy.
Services are based at Kent Hospital.
Care New England Health System has joined other pioneering organizations to support a new effort by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), called , to better prepare health care providers to receive and respect patients’ wishes about end-of-life care.