Palliative Care at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Palliative Care FAQs

Who can receive these services?

Palliative care services are offered to Hebrew Rehabilitation Center's long-term care residents and patients on our post-acute care units (MACU and RSU). 
What is the concept of palliative care?

The term "palliative care" refers to any care that alleviates symptoms, even if there is hope of a cure by other means.  It is an approach that focuses on the relief of pain, symptoms and emotional stress brought on by serious illness. In some cases, palliative treatments may be used to alleviate the side effects of curative treatment, such as relieving the nausea associated with chemotherapy.

Though the concept of palliative care is not new, most physicians have traditionally concentrated on providing curative treatment to patients. A relatively recent development is the concept of a dedicated health-care team that is entirely geared toward palliative care treatment.  

What are the goals of palliative care?

The primary goals of palliative treatment are relief from suffering, treatment of pain and other distressing symptoms, and psychological and spiritual care. The palliative care consult team helps individuals live as actively as possible, and it provides a support system to sustain the individual's family, including assistance with negotiating difficult medical decisions.  

How do I know this is for my loved one?

If your loved one suffers from pain or other symptoms due to a serious illness, palliative care may be an appropriate choice. Palliative care helps make residents and patients more comfortable by focusing on the relief of symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, anxiety, depression, lack of appetite, nausea, and constipation.  

How does palliative care help my family?

Palliative care helps facilitate communication and decision making for residents, patients, family members, and health-care providers, as well as improvements in transition between care settings. Palliative care provides resident, patient and family counseling, including assistance with treatment choices, as well as bereavement and grief counseling.

When is the right time for palliative care?

Palliative care helps through all stages of illness. It is best introduced early and may be provided at the same time as curative treatments. 

Who provides the care? 

Our palliative care consult team includes a palliative care physician, a clinical nurse specialist, a social worker, and a chaplain. Meet the team. Our palliative care team works closely with primary care teams at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center.

Is there a difference between palliative care and hospice? 

Yes. Palliative care can occur at any time throughout an illness, from the time of diagnosis through time of death — even if aggressive, curative treatment is being sought. Hospice care is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to curative treatment, traditionally when life expectancy is less than six months.

How does my loved one get started in the program?

Ask your relative's doctor or nurse for a referral to the Palliative Care Program, or call us directly at 617-363-8183 for more information.

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Questions? 617-363-8183 or email Palliative Care 


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