Compassionate care to help patients, families cope
Palliative Care is an approach to patient care that focuses on the relief of suffering for patients with advanced, life-limiting illnesses. The suffering is not only physical, but also psychological, spiritual and social. Palliative care is not hospice. Patients can continue curative treatments while receiving palliative care, or palliative care may replace treatments that no longer benefit them.
In 2004, Baylor Dallas established a dedicated palliative care team that could be called in before a difficult case became a crisis. The result is a unique approach to end-of-life care, one that brings together the human resources needed to provide true quality of life for seriously ill patients and their families. The palliative care team is made up of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, nutritionists, social workers and chaplains. Together, they help relieve suffering so that patients can perform their life roles, even if that role is only to say goodbye and leave a legacy for their families.
For more information, contact Cynthia Krause at 214.820.7928 or Cynthia.Krause@BaylorHealth.edu.