Palliative Care Services
In keeping with the mission of Beth Israel Deaconess
Medical Center, the palliative care team strives to provide holistic care
that addresses the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of
patients and their families. Palliative Care can be incorporated into a
patient’s standard treatment at any point in the course of their serious
illness, from diagnosis to the final stages.
We offer inpatient consultation and outpatient clinic visits.
Depending on a patient’s needs, the palliative care team may offer one or
more of the following services:
Treatment to relieve pain or other uncomfortable symptoms such as
shortness of breath, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue,
and difficulty sleeping
Support in coping with the changes resulting from the illness
Assistance with treatment choices and decisions, helping patients and
families to reflect on what is most important to them and aligning
their treatment with their priorities
Help in navigating the health care system and planning for care after
Bereavement education and support
The Palliative Care Volunteer Visitor Program is an additional resource
for patients and their families while in the hospital.
While hospitalized, some patients struggle with the experience of feeling
isolated from their usual supports or have few such supports, and their
sense of well-being is enhanced significantly by the availability of
informal visitors–to talk, just sit for company, read aloud from a book or
magazine, watch television, or listen to music with the patient.
The Palliative Care Volunteer Visitor Program is a selective volunteer
program aimed at easing the experience of isolation through presence and
companionship. Volunteers are trained to provide companionship in a variety
of ways for patients who can interact, as well as those who cannot.
Palliative Care Volunteers also receive special training in providing a
supportive presence for those patients in the medical center who are dying
without the advantage of family or friends at hand.
Palliative Care Consultations
If you feel that you or a loved one could benefit from a consultation, please speak to your medical team (physician, nurse or social worker).
- Inpatient consultation services: Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm
- Outpatient clinic appointments: Tuesdays, 8am–12pm; Wednesdays, 1pm–5pm