Community Health Partners Palliative Care Initiative seeks to advance the understanding of end-of-life planning and care to improve patient outcomes and to promote efficient health resource use. Palliative Care is special care that helps patients and their families live as comfortably and fully as possible when faced with an advanced illness, even during curative treatment. It differs from hospice in that it is appropriate at any point in a serious illness and can be provided in a variety of settings including the home, hospital, or long-term care facilities.
Focusing on the whole patient, Palliative Care addresses the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of the patient and family. It is about relieving pain and suffering, and helping patients and their families with decision-making. Palliative care empowers the patient, loved ones, and caregivers to preserve end-of-life wishes and treatment goals.