Palliative Care Services
Enhancing Quality of Life at Every Stage of Illness
Palliative care services at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center provide hospitalized patients with serious illnesses ongoing relief from symptoms and stress during and after treatment.
Our interdisciplinary palliative care team members are experts in this specialized field of medicine—and deliver an important level of additional support to our patients. The team takes a holistic approach to care aimed at healing mind, body and spirit. Members of the team work collaboratively with one another, and hand-in-hand with patients’ other medical specialists and health care providers to help ease physical pain and other symptoms and promote patients’ emotional, psycho-social and spiritual health at any stage of illness.
The palliative plan of care respects each individual’s hopes, beliefs, values and traditions—and puts an emphasis on improving quality of life for patients and their families.
Palliative Care is specialized medical care for people living with serious illness. It is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness-whatever the diagnosis. It looks at the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual suffering that a patient and their family are experiencing. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and their family.
Palliative Care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers and other specialists who work with a patient’s medical doctor to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and the any stage in a serious illness and can be provided together with curative treatment.
Palliative Care vs Hospice Care
Palliative Care is for anyone with serious illness. You can have Palliative Care at any age and at any stage of an illness and can have it along with curative treatment. It is not dependent on prognosis.
Hospice Care is a Medicare Program designed to care for patients when they only have months to live. People who receive hospice care are no longer also receiving curative treatment.
For more information about our Palliative Care Department, please call 443-777-7733
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
9000 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237