The Palliative Care Program at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center offers specialized care to inpatients who are coping with serious illnesses. Palliative care places an emphasis on relief of pain, and the symptoms and stress of coping with a serious illness along with the emotional and spiritual support for the patient and family.
Palliative care differs from hospice care, which is provided during the last stages of life. Palliative Care, which can begin at any time following a diagnosis, focuses on improving quality of life and providing comfort for chronic illnesses such as:
• Congestive Heart Failure
• Kidney Failure
• Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
• Alzheimer's Disease
Our Palliative Care nurses work with physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers and chaplains to develop a plan of care designed for each patient's individual needs, from providing comfort to managing symptoms such as pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, depression and anxiety.
The Supportive and Palliative Care Program offers a variety of patient care services for patients and families including:
• Pain and symptom management
• Treatment options
• Emotional and psychological support
• Link to additional patient care resources
• Education for the patient's additional health care providers
• Guidance with future decisions concerning health status
For information, call (706) 845-3089.