To palliate means to provide comfort.
ChristianaCare’s interdisciplinary palliative-care team provides comfort to patients with advanced chronic and serious illness, and to their families. We seek to address your fears and anxieties, lessen your pain and symptoms, and improve your quality of life. We emphasize communication, continuity and coordination of care. We can even help you make decisions about your medical care, including recommendations for medication and referrals as needed.
You and your family may be presented with many options for managing your inpatient care. Options include home care, a skilled nursing facility, a rehabilitation center or hospice. We can help you to choose what is best for you.
The ChristianaCare palliative care team can help you and your family ask the right questions based on your diagnosis, and we can help you choose an option focused on your quality of life. You have the right to know the status of your illness and what you can expect from treatment. Our team can help you to identify, list and communicate your personal care goals to all of your care providers.
Your hospital physician or primary-care doctor can request a palliative-care consultation while you are in the hospital.