Palliative Care Service
This service is for patients in Abington Memorial Hospital who have advanced medical illness, especially chronic and progressive life-limiting conditions.
Palliative care helps create open communication in difficult situations, provides information and supports patient choice throughout serious illness.
Our specialized palliative care team of physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists and a chaplain focuses on meeting each individual's physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. The palliative care team helps by:
- Ensuring that pain and other symptoms are managed
- Discussing patient wishes
- Establishing the goals of in-patient care
- Planning for the future course of illness, including talking about choices patients are likely to face
- Discussing various treatment options and possible effects
- Providing emotional and spiritual support to patients and families
Abington Memorial Hospital recently earned The Joint Commission Health Care Services Certification for its Palliative Care Program. This recognizes inpatient programs with exceptional care that optimize quality of life for patients with serious illness and their families.
The services of the Palliative Care team are initiated upon the request of the patient's attending physician. To learn more, call 215-481-6839.
For more information about The Muller Institute for Senior Health and its services, call 215-481-2571. To find a senior health physician, call 215-481-6334.