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.
- 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.
- Social worker.
- 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.
- Locally pieced quilt.
- Disposable camera.
- Radio, CD and MP3 player.