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Pastoral Thanatology Program Article on Palliative Care

Good article on Palliative Care

its important for a good life to utilize end of life care at the right time. Please review our Pastoral Thanatology Program

its important for a good life to utilize end of life care at the right time. Please review our Pastoral Thanatology Program

Please also review our Pastoral Thanatology Program

The article, Using palliative care to enhance quality of life, by  Judith Johnson and Dr. Jennifer Ritzau states

“No one looks forward to being hospitalized. But for patients with chronic diseases, such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, kidney failure, congestive heart failure or Parkinson’s, for example, hospitalization often occurs.

While traditional health care services can provide assistance, there are instances when additional support in the way of palliative care can improve one’s quality of life.

“Palliative care doesn’t mean you are entering the last chapter of your life; it simply means that you need some support to give you the best quality of life,” says Judith Johnson, director of case management at Sturdy Memorial Hospital.

 “Palliative care providers focus on symptoms of disease, pain management and side effects of medications,” Johnson said. “Although we cannot make any guarantees on how a disease process affects the quantity of life, collaboration of care can have a positive focus on the quality of life.”

There are few realizations that are harder to bear than learning one’s life expectancy is much shorter than anticipated. The most important decision, at that point, focuses on how to make that remaining life expectancy the highest quality it can possibly be. This is where collaboration between medical providers and palliative care providers can work best together.

Through an innovative relationship between Sturdy Memorial Hospital and HopeHealth, New England’s largest nonprofit hospice and palliative care entity, palliative care services are available for Sturdy’s patients who are facing a chronic or terminal illness.”

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