“Palliative care” is a way of caring for patients who are facing a life-threatening illness.
By enhancing patients’ comfort and controlling pain, palliative care ensures the highest possible quality of life regardless of the person’s age, stage of disease or need for other therapies. Treatment focuses on pain and other symptoms relief and addresses patients’ and family members’ emotional and social issues and spiritual concerns.
We partner with Cottage Hospital and St. Francis Foundation to provide the Palliative Care Consult Team for patients who are in the hospital. The team includes specially trained doctors, nurses, social workers and spiritual counselors.
We partner with the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic to provide the Community Palliative Care Program. This program provides services outside the hospital setting. The Community Palliative Care team consists of a doctor, a nurse practitioner and medical social worker specially trained in palliative care. A primary focus of this program is to connect patients and families to community resources and provide a smooth transition when the patient moves from the hospital to home, or to another care setting.
Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care and Affiliates do not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation or age in admission, treatment, or participation in its programs, services, and activities, or in employment.
For further information about this policy as it pertains to patient services, programs and activities, contact the Compliance Director at (805) 965-5555 or email ComplianceDirector@vnhcsb.org.