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Palliative Care Defined

Sister Helena - Thursday, October 26, 2017

Photo Courtesy: Saint Patrick's Manor

Palliative care seeks to provide relief from the five domains of pain that persons experience when faced with a debilitating diagnosis. Palliative care is not reserved for those who are imminently dying, but allows each resident to receive the appropriate treatment that brings him/her comfort and the best possible care. Palliative care can be combined with curative care or with less aggressive care. Palliative care is not the same as hospice care or end-of-life care, which is reserved for those who are clearly dying.

The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm have offered palliative care since 1929, and they felt it was important to formalize the palliative care they have provided throughout the years to preserve the mission and philosophy of their Foundress, Venerable Mary Angeline McCrory. To do this, the Carmelite Sisters along with the Avila Institute of Gerontology began a pilot program with six of their homes where they serve, sponsor or co-sponsor. By working with these six homes and measuring their outcomes, a research-based program that seeks to ensure quality palliative care in long-term facilities was developed. The Avila Institute’s new, extensive palliative care training program includes a complete approach to implementing a program, staff training, and a series of assessment tools. To learn more about this program visit the website:


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