Palliative Care

Shore Palliative Care is a consult service specializing in medical care for people with serious illness. Palliative Care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness regardless of the disease.

Shore Palliative Care is provided by a physician and nurse, both board certified in palliative care, as well as a social worker, nutritionist, pharmacist and other specialists who will work with the patient’s physician to provide optimal care in difficult situations. Palliative Care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatments.

Services Provided by Palliative Care

  • Pain and symptom management
  • Facilitating discussions and decisions concerning goals and advanced directives
  • Guidance with difficult treatment choices that incorporate the patient’s and family’s values and beliefs
  • Help in navigating the healthcare system 
  • Emotional and spiritual support for patient and family

Who is eligible to receive Palliative Care

Patients with complex medical needs are eligible for Shore Palliative Care. The Palliative Care Team will maintain regular communication with other members of the patient’s treatment team. As with any consulting service, an attending physician’s order is required. For more information,please call 609-926-4283.

Important Patient Care Terms CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) Full Code

A group of treatments that may be offered to a patient whose heart has stopped beating and is not breathing. Chest compressions, shocking the heart (defibrillation) and intravenous medications will be used in an attempt to restart the heart. The patient may also require a tube be inserted through the mouth down into the lungs to allow for connection to a breathing machine in order to maintain the patient’s oxygen flow (also known as intubation).

DNR (Do Not Resuscitate)

No measure will be taken to initiate life support therapy if the patient’s heart stops beating or the patient stops breathing. Chest compressions,defibrillation and mechanical ventilation will not be started. Variations of this code include DNI (the patient is not intubated) and “Meds Only” (only medicine can be used to support patient care).

Out of Hospital DNR

This form, which is available to protect the patient’s wishes by preventing defibrillation when their heart stops beating or intubation when they stop breathing,can be obtained from your physician or hospital and must be signed by both the physician and the patient or patient’s health proxy.

Hospice Care

The comprehensive care and management of the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and their families when the disease is no longer curable. Hospice care is initiated within approximately six months of expected death, and can be extended as needed.

Comfort Care (End of Life)

The comprehensive care and management of the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families, explicitly through the final days or hours of life when death is imminent. The focus will be on the patient’s comfort during this time. Only treatments that add comfort to the patient will be initiated and other treatments will be discontinued.

DNH (Do Not Hospitalize)

The patient does not want to be admitted for any inpatient treatment.