Hospice and Palliative Care

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Hospice care is end-of-life care that is provided by Istishari Hospital's multidisciplinary healthcare professionals in order to provide medical, psychological, and spiritual support. The purpose of the hospice care is to help terminally ill patients and their families have peace, comfort and dignity. The caregivers try to control pain and other symptoms so a patient can remain as alert and comfortable as possible. The Hospice program also provides service and support for patients' families.

Our hospice care is supported by a multidisciplinary team consisting of a medical oncologist, primary care physician, nurse, psychosocial worker, and dietician, together, they provide complete palliative care aimed at relieving symptoms and giving social, emotional, and spiritual support. The hospice care can take place at home or in a hospital setting offering the following services:

PAIN AND SYMPTOMS CONTROL

The goal of pain and symptom management is to help patients feel comfortable while allowing them to stay in control and feel at ease. Every effort is taken to alleviate patients of pain and discomfort at any given time.

SPIRITUAL CARE

Since people differ in their spiritual needs and religious beliefs, spiritual care is set up to meet patients' specific needs, which include helping them deal with the treatment process or cope with the end of life or separation process.

HOME CARE AND INPATIENT CARE

Although hospice care can be centered in the home, it may be necessary for admittance to a hospital, extended-care facility, or a hospice inpatient facility. The hospice team will work with the patient and family to assist them when they are both ready to accept supported care.

FAMILY CONFERENCES AND BEREAVEMENT

Scheduled family conferences, often led by the hospice nurse, social worker, and the physician, keep family members informed about the patient's condition and what to expect. These conferences also allow patients and their families an opportunity to share feelings, talk about what to expect, and what is needed.

The hospice care team works with surviving loved ones to help them through the grieving process, as well as refer and coordinate continued care for family and friends for further medical and professional care if needed.

COORDINATION OF CARE

The interdisciplinary team coordinates and supervises care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are responsible for ensuring that all involved services share information, such as the inpatient facility and the healthcare providers. Our patients and their caregivers are encouraged to contact the hospice team to address any concerns or problems that may arise. Our on call hospice team is also available day or night to provide support.

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