Patients who receive palliative care while they are hospitalized can transition smoothly to the Outpatient Palliative Care Program. However, patients who have not been hospitalized for their illness can begin receiving outpatient services from the Outpatient Palliative Care Program any time after referral from their physician or other provider.
Each patient’s unique palliative care plan is designed to optimize quality of life and provide comfort and support for both patients and their families. Services are delivered by advanced practice nurses. They include:
pain and symptom management to achieve maximum patient comfort;
treatments to maintain and improve patients’ ability to perform the tasks of daily living;
emotional and spiritual support for patients and their caregivers;
care coordination assistance;
assistance with life planning and decisions, if appropriate, such as advanced directives, living wills, power of attorney and other documents, including Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST); and
help with transitioning to hospice, if appropriate.
For outpatient palliative care services, which are provided at Valley's Luckow Pavilion in Paramus, any patient or family member who is considering outpatient palliative care can ask their physician for a referral to the program or may call 201-634-5699 to request a consultation.
In addition, Valley Home Care offers palliative care services to patients directly in their homes. For more information, please call 201-291-6233.