Penn State Hershey Palliative Medicine provides compassionate specialized care for the living…. and for those who are sharing the person's journey." NHPCO
What We Do
- Provide medical assessment and expert management of pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping.
- Social services support and spiritual care for patients and families.
- Assistance in developing and communicating patient oriented treatment plans and goals of care.
- Support of primary treating team and consulting medical specialties.
- Palliative care for children is the active total care of the child's body, mind and spirit, and also involves giving support to the family.
- Palliative care seeks to enhance quality of life in the face of an ultimately terminal condition.
- It begins when illness is diagnosed, and continues regardless of whether or not a child receives treatment directed at the disease.
- Health providers must evaluate and alleviate a child's physical, psychological, and social distress. Palliative treatments focus on the relief of symptoms (eg, pain, dyspnea) and conditions (eg, loneliness) that cause distress and detract from the child's enjoyment of life.
- Effective palliative care requires a broad multidisciplinary approach that includes the family and makes use of available community resources; it can be successfully implemented even if resources are limited. It also seeks to ensure that bereaved families are able to remain functional and intact.