As defined by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) palliative care is patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering. Palliative care throughout the continuum of illness involves the addressing of physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.
The following features characterize palliative care philosophy and delivery:
- Care is provided and services are coordinated by an interdisciplinary team;
- Patients, families, palliative and non-palliative health care providers collaborate and communicate about care needs;
- Services are available concurrently with or independent of curative or life-prolonging care;
- Patient and family hope for peace and dignity are supported throughout the course of illness, during the dying process, and after death.
Casa de la Luz Palliative Care
Providing specialized, in-home medical care for individuals with a serious illness, the goal of the palliative care program at Casa de la Luz is to improve quality of life by managing pain and symptoms.
Different from hospice care, palliative care can be received at the same time as curative treatment.
Working in conjunction with your primary physician, our team of palliative specialists provide an extra layer of in-home support to both patient and their family members.