A Resource Guide for Patients & Visitors

Palliative Care Services at Scottsdale Healthcare

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness or injury. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness or injury. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family by helping to relieve physical, spiritual and emotional suffering. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness or injury, and can be provided together with curative treatment. Palliative care offers an additional level of support for patients and families as they negotiate the healthcare system.

Who is the Palliative Care Team?

 Our team of specialists may include registered nurses, social workers, chaplains and physicians. All team members have advanced training and certifications in palliative care. The palliative care team works closely with your physicians and other members of the healthcare team. We ensure the patient’s wishes and goals of care are in line with the treatment plan. We provide guidance and support during overwhelming clinical situations. We help contribute to shared understanding and resolution of differing opinions regarding goals of care, advance directives, and treatment choices. Our team will help patient and family manage difficult physical, spiritual or emotional distress. We aim to enhance communication by facilitating family meetings with the healthcare team as needed.  

When is Palliative Care Appropriate?

A chronic or terminal illness is diagnosed

Uncontrolled pain or other symptoms exist

Psychosocial, spiritual or existential distress exist

Patient or family need help understanding the diagnosis, disease process or the risks, benefits, and burdens of various treatment choices

Patient or family need help with decision making and determining goals of care

Advance directives or code status need clarification

A decision regarding tracheostomy or feeding tube is pending

A respiratory or cardiac arrest has occurred

Metastatic or locally advanced cancer is diagnosed

  •  If you think Palliative Care would be helpful please ask your physician or nurse for a consult.

    You may reach us at:

  • Osborn Medical Center- 480-882-5333
  • Shea Medical Center- 480-323-3322