As a physician, you utilize all resources possible to treat your patients. When someone is facing the end of life, you also want to help them cope with all resources possible. Baylor offers Palliative Care Consultation Services to help your patients and their family members deal with the complex physical, psychological, social and spiritual issues that often accompany advanced illness.
The Baylor Palliative Care team includes physicians, nurses, chaplains, occupational therapists, social workers, pharmacists, nutritionist, speech therapists, music therapists and volunteers.
In addition to your regular medical treatment, Palliative Care team members help determine a care plan that meets your patient’s wants and needs, including management of pain and other symptoms, counseling and spiritual support and other therapies. This is available to any inpatient facing a serious or life-threatening illness and their family members at their request or your request as their primary physician.
The Baylor Palliative Care Consultation Service is hospital-based and different from hospice. Patients may continue to receive treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation, while also working with the Palliative Care team. If your patient does not respond to treatment designed to cure their condition or send it into remission, our team will assist you, your patient and their family members with the transition to hospice if desired.