Palliative Care Team
Our team is comprised of specially trained professionals including:
- Advanced Practice Practioners
- Clinical Patient Navigators
- Social Workers
What services are available?
Specific needs vary depending on a patient’s illness and situation. We work closely with patients and their families to determine the services that will provide the greatest benefi t. These services may include:
- Management of pain and other symptoms
- Assistance with goals of care conversations
- Planning for future care needs
- Emotional and spiritual support
- Integrative therapies such as hypnosis and acupuncture
- Bereavement support and referral
- Completion of Advanced CarePlanning documents such as living wills, advanced care directives and POLST (Physician Orders for LifeSustaining Treatment)
Who can receive palliative care services?
The Palliative Care Program welcomes patients and family members who are facing a serious or life-threatening illness. Referrals should be made through your physician. Services are provided in the inpatient setting at Maine Medical Center or in the outpatient Palliative and Supportive Care Clinic, located at 66 Bramhall Street, Portland, Maine.
Will the patients’ physician still be involved in their care?
Yes. The team works closely with the patient’s regular physician who will continue to be a part of their care.
How does palliative care differ from hospice care?
The Palliative Care Program is located both in the hospital and in the outpatient setting. Team members can provide care during any part of a patient’s illness, even during active treatment, such as chemotherapy. Hospice care is provided to those patients who are nearing the end of life.
End of life care
When an illness has progressed to an advanced stage, treatment to relieve pain and their symptoms continues. Members of the palliative care team will remain closely involved with a focus on intensive caring. The goal is to help patients live life to the fullest with quality and dignity.