Palliative Care | Torrance Memorial | South Bay

Palliative Care

Torrance Memorial's Palliative Care program aims to improve the quality of life of patients and their caregivers when coping with a serious illness and can be provided in the hospital, clinic or at home alongside curative treatment. 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

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Our Services

Symptom Management

Palliative care’s goal is to improve the quality of life of a patient by providing expert care in addressing uncontrolled symptoms resulting from the diagnosis and treatment of a serious disease such as pain, fatigue, nausea, constipation, shortness of breath, insomnia etc.

Coordination with Other Medical Providers

Our team members work closely with your healthcare providers and other specialists such as dietitians, pharmacist, home health providers, chaplains to ensure that your treatment help you achieve the highest possible quality of life.

Referral to Community Services

Coping with serious illness can affect other aspects of life. A dedicated social worker is available to patients and caregivers for guidance and referrals to local support and community resources that can help deal with socioeconomic challenges brought upon by the serious illness.

Psychosocial Counseling

Anxiety, depression, trauma and other overwhelming emotions can be experienced when coping with a serious illness. Palliative care offers a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who can provide individual and family counseling to patients and family/caregivers to help them overcome these challenges.

Advance Care Planning

Clarifying your healthcare goals is key to appropriate and patient-centered care. Our team can assist in exploring your healthcare wishes and how this pertains to your serious illness. Our team can also help you identify an appropriate Power of Attorney for healthcare and guide you in completing an Advance Healthcare Directive.

Learn More About Advance Care Planning

Caregiver Support

At Torrance Memorial, our palliative care specialists understand that caring for a loved one with a serious illness presents unique challenges. We encourage all caregivers to practice self-care and provide resources and information to help them stay strong and healthy - so they can better support their loved one during his or her treatment.


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.


Types of Palliative Care

Inpatient Palliative Care

If you or a loved one has been hospitalized at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, our palliative care specialists can provide expert inpatient consultation services. Our palliative care providers will meet with you and your medical team to develop a plan that addresses your concerns and fits with your on-going care plan.

In addition to providing inpatient palliative care services, our team members can also refer you to our outpatient Care Coordination Center or home-based palliative care, depending on your unique needs. Call 310-784-4880 or speak with your healthcare team to request an in-hospital consultation.

Outpatient Palliative Care

Our team delivers expert outpatient palliative care services through our clinic in the Hunt Cancer Center, as well as through our Care Coordination Center.

Home Based Palliative Care

Torrance Memorial’s Palliative Care program offers home-based palliative care services with a physician order. Under the guidance of our board-certified palliative care physician, our team can connect you with home-health providers, social workers, chaplains, counselors, and other healthcare professionals who can deliver the supportive care you need in the comfort of your home.

Call 310-784-4800 to schedule a home-based palliative care consultation.


Frequently Asked Questions

If you are considering palliative care for yourself or your loved one, you probably have a lot of questions. Here are answers to a few frequently asked questions that can provide additional information about palliative care and help you decide if palliative care is right for you or your family member.

What is palliative care?

Palliative care provides an extra layer of support for patients who are living with a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life and address physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs using an interdisciplinary, holistic approach. Palliative care can:

  • Help you understand your condition
  • Provide you with options that allow you to achieve your health care goals
  • Relieve symptoms associated with your illness or treatment
  • Ease your stress

Palliative care benefits extend to the patient’s loved ones and offer them access to resources and emotional support.

What is the difference between palliative care and hospice?

Hospice care is received only at the end of life when curative or life-prolonging treatment has stopped.

Palliative care can be provided at any time during a serious or life-threatening illness and can be delivered alongside curative medical treatments.

Can I have curative treatment together with palliative care?

Yes! Palliative care can be delivered alongside curative medical treatments in collaboration with members of your healthcare team.

Palliative care services include treating symptoms associated with your illness or its treatment, managing mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety, assisting with advance care planning, and providing social support, caregiver support, and referrals for community services.

How do I know if palliative care is right for me or my loved one?

If you or your loved one is living with a serious illness and having difficulty managing symptoms or side effects of treatment, palliative care could be the right choice. It may also be beneficial if you or your loved one needs emotional, mental health, or spiritual support, or help with understanding what to expect regarding illness progression and treatment options.

The first step in determining whether palliative care is right for you is to discuss it with your medical team. You can also take a short quiz to determine if palliative care may be beneficial.

If your medical team agrees that palliative care could help, call 310-784-4880 to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled providers.

Who can benefit from palliative care?

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, neurological diseases, or HIV/AIDS.
  • Patients who have uncontrolled symptoms associated with their illness or treatment.
  • Patients and families who wish to discuss advance care planning.
  • Caregivers and loved ones who require additional social support.

What can I expect from palliative care?

Palliative care typically begins with a consultation with a palliative care specialist. During this meeting, you will discuss your symptoms and options for symptom control. You may also discuss your condition, your prognosis, treatment options, and your wishes regarding future medical care.

Based on your consultation, your palliative care specialist will develop a plan to improve your quality of life and address your physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. If you are receiving curative treatment, your palliative care provider will work with your medical team to implement your palliative care plan by arranging for inpatient, outpatient, or home-based services and coordinating care when needed.

Your palliative care provider will assist you throughout your illness, adjusting your palliative care plan as your condition and care needs change. Your palliative care provider will also be available to discuss advance care planning and can provide you with information about end-of-life care if required.

Will my insurance cover palliative care?

Most insurance plans cover palliative care. If you have specific questions about your coverage, contact your health insurance provider directly or call our office at 310-784-4880.

Do I have to change my doctor?

No. Our palliative care providers will work with your current healthcare team to provide you with the supportive care you need.

What if I can’t go to the clinic for palliative care?

Home-based palliative care services are available if you are unable to travel to our clinic to receive outpatient palliative care services. To inquire about home-based palliative care, call 310-784-4800.

Contact Our Palliative Care Team

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