Palliative care assists patients and families in making complex medical decisions by providing a good understanding of the patient’s present condition, coordinating and communicating care with physicians, advocating for patients’ wishes, and helping them to achieve a sense of control over their medical care. Palliative care is offered regardless of the stage of disease or the need for other therapies and can be provided concurrently with life-prolonging care or as the main focus of care.
Who's Eligible for Palliative Care?
All inpatients currently admitted at Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Crown Point who have an illness that is ultimately life-limiting or have had a serious event that may lead to a reduced quality of life are eligible for palliative care.
Palliative Care Can Help You ...
- Enhance your quality of life while in the hospital
- Make decisions about current or future treatment and discharge plans
- Determine your wishes and communicate them to your healthcare providers
- Coordinate care and facilitate communication with physicians
- Maintain a consistent support system within the hospital regardless of the floor or unit
- Understand Advance Directives, including a Do Not Resuscitate order
- Connect you with your Pastor or our hospital Spiritual Care
- Have more control over your health care
Is Palliative Care Like Hospice Care?
Hospice is supportive, comfort care that begins after the decision is made to stop curative, aggressive treatment. Hospice care is provided outside of the hospital either at home, in a nursing home or a 24-hour hospice facility.
Palliative care offers support and decision-making assistance to patients who are currently treating their illness, whether aggressively or conservatively. Palliative care is provided to admitted patients and their families within the hospital setting.
Need to discuss a referral?
For more information or to discuss a referral, call (219) 757-6339.