Palliative Care Services

    Palliative care is a specialized form of care that focuses on the whole person to help you feel as good as possible. It recognizes that people living with a serious illness will benefit from expert care to control pain, improve quality of life, and provide comfort, as well as spiritual and emotional support.

     

    All patients facing a serious illness may seek palliative care if they believe it may benefit them, even if they are undergoing active treatment for their condition. Palliative care addresses patients’ physical and emotional needs to keep them comfortable and able to enjoy the activities of daily life as fully as possible.

     

    Any patient with a serious and/or chronic illness can benefit from palliative care. A few examples include patients with advanced cardiac or pulmonary disease, cancer, kidney failure or progressive neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, dementia and multiple sclerosis.

     

    There is a common misperception that palliative care is only intended for patients who have a terminal illness. However, patients undergoing active treatment for their conditions may also benefit from palliative care. Available to patients of all ages, palliative care focuses on caring for the body, mind and spirit to provide relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of their illness while working to improve the quality of life for the patient and their family.

     

    Very often, a patient who may be able to benefit from palliative care will be referred by his or her physician. However, palliative care can also be provided at the request of a patient or their family. To speak to a member of YRMC’s Palliative Care Team, call (928) 775-5567.

     

    YRMC’s Palliative Care Team assesses the patient’s current condition, evaluates the medications they are taking, and then makes recommendations on the best course of action going forward. The patient’s pain and comfort levels are then continually monitored so that adjustments to pain medications can be made as needed.

     

    In addition to the symptoms that are associated with their specific condition, people with serious or chronic illnesses may experience pain, fatigue, nausea, depression, anxiety, insomnia, poor appetite and a general sense of malaise (not feeling well). YRMC’s Palliative Care Team can help you address these symptoms.

     

    Advance directives are important documents that indicate a patient’s wishes should they become incapacitated. Advance directives can be used to give a family member or other loved one the power to make decisions on the patient’s behalf. The preparation of advance directives such as a living will, medical power of attorney, mental health power of attorney or a combination of all three is an important part of healthcare planning.

     

    The Arizona Office of the Secretary of State, offers a free Guide to Preparing Advance Directives. Advance directive forms are available on the website of the Arizona Attorney General.

    The Arizona Office of the Secretary of State operates the Arizona Advance Directive Registry which offers a secure location to electronically store a copy of your advance directive so it will be available where and when it is needed 24/7.