Improving Quality of Life
The palliative care programs at Torrance Memorial seeks to improve quality
of life and decrease suffering for patients with serious, chronic or life-threatening illness.
Additionally, we coordinate palliative care with other programs at Torrance
hospice care and
home health services.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is a multidisciplinary medical specialty that aims to improve
quality of life for people who have serious or life-threatening illnesses.
Palliative care takes into account the person's emotional, physical
and spiritual needs and goals — as well as the needs of his or her family.
Palliative care doesn't replace primary medical treatment. Instead,
palliative care is provided in conjunction with all other medical treatment.
What Does Palliative Care Offer Patients?
Anyone who has a serious or life-threatening illness can benefit from palliative
care, either to treat symptoms of the disease, such as pain or shortness
of breath, or to ease the side effects of treatment, such as fatigue or nausea.
Working closely with your doctor, Torrance Memorial Palliative Care provides:
- Relief of pain and symptoms resulting from advancing illness
- Help in understanding treatment options
- Assistance with difficult healthcare decisions and healthcare goal setting
- Practical information about community resources and coping
- Help in navigating the healthcare system
- Emotional and spiritual support for the patient and family.
Our dedicated team evaluates the complex needs of those suffering from
debilitating illness and responds with care that comforts.
The Palliative Care Team: Highly Trained Professionals
Members of the Palliative Care Team include:
Medical Director: A physician skilled in treating pain and uncomfortable symptoms
Palliative Care Nurse: A nurse trained in understanding the many needs of seriously ill patients
Social Services: A healthcare professional who assists in meeting the social and emotional
needs of patients and families.
Other professionals are available, as needed:
Pharmacist: A pharmacist who is experienced in all areas of medications used to manage symptoms
Chaplain: Visits are arranged, by request of a patient or family member, to address
any spiritual needs
Dietitian: A professional who understands how to meet a patient’s nutritional
needs during illness
How is Palliative Care Different from Hospice?
Palliative care is available at any time during a serious or life-threatening
hospice care is available only at the end of life — when curative or life-prolonging
treatments have been stopped. You don't have to be in hospice to receive
How Can I Learn More About Palliative Care?
If you're interested in obtaining palliative care for yourself or a
loved one, ask your doctor or your loved one's doctor about palliative