The palliative care team at OSF St. Francis includes physicians, nurses and other care providers who work with patients with a serious illness, including:
- congestive heart failure
- chronic lung disease
- advanced diabetes
- renal failure
- dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- multiple sclerosis.
The focus of palliative care is to help patients and family identify treatment goals, and ultimately a care plan that will provide the patient relief from symptoms, pain and stress associated with their diagnosis, as well as improve quality of life for both the patient and family.
The palliative care team offers:
- close communication with the patient's primary care physician
- expert management of pain and other symptoms
- help in navigating the healthcare system
- guidance with difficult and complex treatment choices
- emotional and spiritual support for the patient and family
Advance Care Planning
The Palliative Care Team can assist patients and family members in reviewing Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare or Patient Advocate documents.
Team members lead discussions regarding the patient’s directives so that all involved in his or her care understand what the document means to the patient and incorporate those directives into the treatment plan.
If no legal documents are in place, OSF has formally trained advance care planning facilitators who may assist the patient in producing a legally binding document.