Relief From Your Symptoms
Palliative Care provides support to help you feel better. That support comes in many forms:
- Medication to relieve pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, or nausea.
- Emotional or spiritual support to relieve stress.
- Talking with an expert nurse, who can help you understand your illness and treatment plan.
Medical treatment can be difficult when you feel bad. So Bay Area Hospital offers comprehensive support for in-patients and their families as they cope with:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
- Congestive heart failure.
- Severe liver disease.
- Severe kidney disease.
- Other complex or life-threatening illnesses.
Like a faithful friend, Palliative Care is with you from diagnosis throughout the course of your illness, whether your treatment is curative or life-prolonging. That’s why we sometimes call it “Pal Care.”
What Is Pal Care?
Palliative Care is a medical and nursing specialty that provides medical and social support to help you feel better. Palliative Care works closely with your doctors. It emphasizes managing pain and symptoms, while offering social services, counseling and spiritual support
You or your family may request a Palliative Care consultation by calling 541-269-8538.
What does Pal Care do?
- It provides relief from unpleasant symptoms such as pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, anxiety, depression, nausea, and constipation.
- It helps you and your family navigate the healthcare system and understand your illness.
- It offers guidance with difficult and complex treatment choices.
- It addresses emotional and spiritual concerns.
- It helps you clarify the goals of your treatment.
- It plans for continuity of care in the hospital.
- It assists with planning for care at home, in assisted living, or in a nursing facility.
- It helps you connect with community resources, such as home health organizations and state-supported care agencies.
- It helps you fill out advance directive and POLST (Physician’s Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment) forms.
- It allows time for discussion, values communication, choice, and the dignity of the individual.
- It emphasizes comfort and quality of life.
What About Hospice?
Palliative Care is not hospice care. But Palliative Care coordinates with local hospice organizations that provide end-of-life care and bereavement support.
Your Palliative Care nurse can arrange a hospice consultation at your request.
Our Pal Care Team
Medical Director - Our medical director is Dallas Carter, MD. Dr. Carter is board-certified in palliative medicine and family practice.
Nurses - Our certified nurse practitioner and registered nurses meet individually with each patient. They review your medical and social history, discuss your treatment plan, listen to concerns from you and your loved ones, answer questions, and make recommendations for relieving pain and other symptoms.
To learn more: - Call 541-269-8538.