Improving Quality of Life
Torrance Memorial's Palliative Care program aims to improve the quality of life of patients and their caregivers when
coping with a serious illness. It provides a holistic approach provided
by an interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains
and other specialists that focuses on:
- Helping you understand your medical condition
- Providing options that allow you to achieve your healthcare goals
- Relieving symptoms associated with your illness or treatment
- Supporting you and your loved ones emotionally
Palliative Care can be provided in the hospital, clinic or at home alongside
curative treatment. The Palliative Care team also works in partnership
with your medical providers to ensure that you receive the care that you deserve.
Palliative Care Program
Who Can Benefit from Palliative Care?
Palliative care can be provided at any stage of a serious or life-threatening
illness and can be delivered while pursuing curative medical treatment.
Palliative care can benefit:
- Patients who are living with a serious illness such as advanced cancer,
congestive heart failure, end-stage renal disease, dementia, chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease, liver disease, neurological diseases, HIV/AIDS etc.
- Patients who have uncontrolled symptoms such as cancer related pain, fatigue,
nausea, shortness of breath and other symptoms associated with serious illness.
- Patients and families who wish to discuss advance care planning.
If you are interested in receiving palliative care for yourself or for
a loved one, talk with your healthcare provider about your palliative
care options. Most insurances cover palliative care.