service dedicated to patients and families facing a serious or life-threatening
Palliative Care Services program at Kaweah Delta Health Care District is a team
of professionals that provides care and support to patients and families facing
a serious or life-threatening illness. Palliative care services offers
assistance of a palliative medicine physician, nurse, social worker and
chaplain. Palliative care services are available to both inpatients and patient
as home or in a nursing home.
is palliative care?
Palliative care provides expertise in treating the pain and other symptoms of
serious and life-threatening illnesses and in supporting the patient and family
in considering treatment options and goals of care. Palliative care helps to
assure comfort and help the patient remain as active as possible.
What services are available?
Services vary depending on individual patient and family preferences:
- Treatment to relieve pain and other symptoms
- Individual and family counseling
- Emotional and spiritual support
- Help in planning for care after the hospital
- Assistance with treatment choices and decisions
- Bereavement support and referral
can receive services?
Our program welcomes patients and family members who are facing serious or
life-threatening illness, regardless of diagnosis or ability to pay. Services
are provided to inpatients and outpatients.
can patients receive services?
Consider requesting palliative care if you or a loved one have a
life-threatening illness and pain that is difficult to manage, other symptoms,
or if you would like assistance with advance directives or supportive
the patient’s physicians continue to be involved?
Yes. The team provides consultation to the patient’s regular physician who will continue to direct the patient’s care.
does palliative care differ from hospice care?
Palliative care is different from hospice in that palliative care is often
appropriate early in the course of an illness, at the same time as curative
therapy. Hospice is appropriate after curative therapy is no longer an option.
of life care
When an illness as progressed to an advanced stage, treatment to relieve pain
and other symptoms continues. The palliative care team will assist with this
transition and remain closely involved. Many patients choose hospice care at
this time. The goal is to help the patient live life to the fullest with
quality and dignity.
more information or to access services:
Kaweah Delta Palliative Care Services
400 West Mineral King Blvd
Visalia, CA 93291
Phone: (559) 624-5942
Fax: (559) 733-0658