When an individual is diagnosed with a serious illness, the traditional specialized medical system focuses on one piece of the puzzle: treating the disease. The beauty of palliative care is that it puts the rest of the pieces together to help patients, families and the healthcare team, view the whole picture and treat the whole patient and their illness. Palliative care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. It is appropriate at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative and life prolonging treatment. Some of the benefits of palliative care include:
A dedicated team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work with the patient’s other physicians to provide an extra layer of support
Expert and proactive pain and symptom management to improve quality of life and function
Patient and family driven goals of care
Strengthened patient-family-physician communication and decision-making
Emotional and practical support for patients and caregivers as they navigate their way through the decision process
Assistance in coordinating care across multiple healthcare settings
Spiritual support and guidance in coping with difficult feelings and emotions
Volunteer services for practical needs and caregiver support
Learn more about palliative care in this video.
About the Palliative Care Center Silicon Valley™
Aware of the gaps in the medical care of seriously ill adults, members of the Hospice of the Valley Board of Directors, executive leadership team, the medical community and community at large identified the need for outpatient palliative care in our county. In recognition of this need, Hospice of the Valley has embarked upon the opening of the Palliative Care Center Silicon Valley.
Opening in mid-2013 and centrally located in the Silicon Valley medical community, the Center will be the first free-standing outpatient center in California specifically dedicated to providing palliative care
Patients treated at the Center may have a variety of serious or chronic illnesses, such as cancer, congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney failure, and Alzheimer’s Disease, among others
Physicians may refer patients to the Center for consultation regarding treatment options and medical care for the treatment of pain and other symptoms related to their disease
The Center will be committed to making its services available and accessible to the culturally and economically diverse populations of our community