Palliative Care Service
Jefferson Health Palliative Care Services is dedicated to providing symptom management and support to patients and families who are dealing with serious or life-threatening illnesses. Additionally, we assist patients and families in determining their goals of care, enhance communication among the clinical teams, and assist with coordination of care as patients transition from one level of care to another.
Palliative Care Services are offered to patients in Abington Hospital, Abington – Lansdale Hospital, Jefferson Northeast – Bucks County Hospital, Jefferson Northeast – Frankford Hospital, or Jefferson Northeast – Torresdale Hospital. Palliative Care Services are also offered to patients in their homes through Palliative Care home care services. Outpatient Palliative Care is offered at the Asplundh Cancer Pavilion, and for patients living with heart failure, the PATCH Program (Palliative Approach to Chronic Heart Failure) is offered in our heart failure clinic or at home.
Who Can Receive Services?
Palliative Care Services are available to patients with advanced medical illnesses, especially chronic and progressive life-limiting conditions. In-hospital consultant services are initiated through a request from the patient’s primary medical team. For in-home services, the patient’s physician can make the request upon discharge, or the outpatient’s primary care physician can make a referral. Non-hospitalized outpatients may receive Palliative Care Services which are offered at the Asplundh Cancer Pavilion and in our heart failure clinic.
How Does Palliative Care Differ from Hospice?
Palliative care can provide treatment for pain and symptom management during any phase of a patient’s illness, even when active treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hemodialysis or other interventions continue. Palliative Care Services may be helpful to you and your family at the time of diagnosis, during treatment, if disease progresses or crises occur, and also at the end of life.
While the goal of hospice is also focused on comfort measures and symptom management, hospice becomes a choice for patients with a life expectancy of six months or less who wish to stop treatment of illnesses and focus on comfort.
Supporting Patients and Families
Palliative care focuses on open communication in difficult situations, as well as recognition of individual choices throughout serious illness. Our commitment is to enhance each patient’s quality of life while providing culturally inclusive care, managing pain and suffering, and preserving their dignity and autonomy. Family members who care for our seriously ill patients are also supported throughout the illness.
For more information, please call 215-481-6839.