Hospice and Palliative Care Services
The Center offers a comprehensive series of hospice and palliative care services that include the following three components-Comfort Care, Hospice, and Pain Management.
The Comfort Care program is available when no further effort is feasible to reverse the course of a terminal medical condition
Hospice recognizes the multidimensional nature of suffering, responds with care to the patient and family member, and communicates in a language that conveys mutuality, respect and interdependence. More than any other health care program, it is unique in that the resident and family control the environment and lifestyle, including treatment modalities.
In the final stage of life, pain may be so severe and chronic that it significantly interferes with the quality of life of the terminally ill person. The Pain Management program is part of the Comfort Care and Hospice services. It enables physicians to prescribe analgesic medications not as commonly provided or not generally administered on an ongoing basis basis as part of palliative care services.
A variety of other techniques are used to manage pain: massage therapy; comfort devices to ease positioning changes; body supports; rehabilitation; music; art and drama.