Palliative Care

Palliative Care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness. It aims to prevent and relieve suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other physical, psychosocial and spiritual difficulties.

Program Goals

  • Provide holistic, patient-centered care for patients with advanced disease conditions.
  • Seek to relieve pain and suffering.
  • Incorporate quality of life.
  • Ease transitions between care settings.
  • Integrate hospital and community resources to meet patient and family needs.

Your WHMC interdisciplinary team includes:

  • Primary care physician.
  • Nurses.
  • Therapists.
  • Social worker.
  • Dietitian.
  • Volunteer chaplains.

Palliative Care vs. Hospice

Palliative care at Whitman Hospital & Medical Center is for any patient with a chronic disease, whether in the beginning or final stages. Services, including pain and symptom management, curative and end­-of-life care, can be provided.

Comfort Care Cart

Items available on the Comfort Care Cart include:

  • Magazines, books, hymnals and religious readings.
  • Notebook, pens, coloring books and crayons for children.
  • Café menu including local hotels, restaurants, etc.
  • Universal cell phone charger.
  • Toiletries.
  • Locally pieced quilt.
  • Disposable camera.
  • Radio, CD and MP3 player.
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