Before you meet with your palliative care team members, you might want to think carefully about the following information that you would like to communicate to your doctor, nurse or other healthcare provider:
Progression of your illness and possible symptoms and side effects of medical
What you desire for your quality of life
Your cultural, religious or personal beliefs, which might affect the treatment and palliative care decisions that you make
What treatments you might or might not want (CPR, ventilator, feeding tube, dialysis, etc.)
Any advance directives you are considering or have already made (living will, power of attorney, healthcare proxy, POLST, etc.)
You may also want to consider some of these questions for your team members. Be sure to write down other questions you might have or concerns of yours or your caregivers so they can be addressed.
What services are available to me and my family and/or caregivers?
Who is on my team?
Where will I receive services?
What decisions do I need to make right away? Which others can be made gradually?
Can you help explain my treatments?
What options are available to me as my illness progresses?
Can you help me plan and write advance directives?
How will I receive palliative care if I am hospitalized?
How will I receive palliative care when I am discharged?
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.