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Palliative Care

CMH also offers palliative care. Palliative care is special care that supports you and your wishes. The focus of our palliative care program is to ease the pain, suffering and stress caused by advanced or chronic illness such as heart or lung disease while making your life as comfortable and manageable as possible. Palliative care services are available to all inpatients at Calvert Memorial Hospital, through our consult team. If you, a family member or caregiver thinks that this a service you need, please notify your assigned nurse.

Most insurance plans cover all or part of the palliative care treatment you receive in the hospital, just as they would other services. Medicare and Medicaid also typically cover palliative care. If you have concerns about the cost of palliative care treatment, a social worker from the palliative care team can help you.

What If?

What if you were diagnosed with an illness that you will have to deal with for the rest of your life?

How much has your doctor spoken to you about this illness and how much do you understand about this diagnosis?

Does this diagnosis effect your ability to live your life?

What is your biggest fear as you consider the information that you have been given about your diagnosis?

What information would you like your doctors and treatment team to know about you and your wishes? If you were in pain, what is important to you in being able to treat that pain? For example:

  • Don’t want to tolerate any pain at all? 
  • Treat it as long as I can still function on a day to day basis?
  • I don’t believe in pain medication and would prefer to fight my way through the pain?

If your doctor has news that would not be considered very good, would you want to know? Or would you rather just live life without knowing that news?

Is there any point at which you might say “I really don’t want to do this any longer?” or “This is not the most important thing to me any longer?”

Is quality of life more important than quantity of life to you?

What if you were suddenly to become ill and were unable to make decisions for yourself?

Who would you want to make decisions for you? Your partner? Your children?

Have you ever put in writing what your wishes would be?

Have you ever had a conversation about this topic with your loved ones?

These are some of the areas that Palliative Care can be of help to you. The following information is not meant to be scary or offensive – it is intended to be thought provoking and meant to inspire discussion and allow you to plan ahead – to ensure your wishes are carried out.

http://heatherplett.com/2015/03/hold-space/  – The essence of Palliative Care

Why is Palliative Care important?:

http://www.ted.com/talks/stephen_cave_the_4_stories_we_tell_ourselves_about_death  -We all are going to die- When did you first consider this?

Something to consider – a song by ZDoggMD (an actual MD) : “Ain’t the Way to Die”  A thought provoking ideas to consider at the end of life:

What are Advanced Directives?:

What is a MOLST form? (Medical Order For Life Sustaining Treatment)

What are Goals of Care and how do I know what is right for me?

What is a DNR ? (Do Not Resuscitate order)

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