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How it works

  • How can I access palliative care?

    A good first step is to call Allina Health Palliative Care at 651-635-9173. A nurse will review your circumstances on the phone and discuss ways that palliative care can help. There is no charge for this call.

    If you decide our services can help, Allina Health Palliative Care will then:

    • Make an appointment to visit with you and perhaps a member of your family to understand your situation and goals for future care. This appointment may last for one to two hours.
    • Get your permission to review your medical records. She may consult other members of the care team such as the pharmacist, social worker and others to determine what would work better for you.
    • Consult with you and your doctor about findings, treatment and medication recommendations.
    • Follow up with you and your physician to monitor symptoms and well being.

    The palliative care team

    graphic identifying the members of a palliative care team

    Allina Health Palliative Care team members work closely with the patient's doctor to provide coordinated physical, emotional and spiritual care. This care is tailored to the needs of patient and family.

    The registered nurse has advanced training in managing symptoms of advanced illnesses. The patient's care is coordinated with your doctor, family and other care providers.

    The social worker coordinates community resources and emotional concerns are addressed.

    The spiritual care coordinator is experienced in offering spiritual and emotional support to patients and their caregivers. This listening presence and spiritual guidance is respectful of each person's strengths and religious beliefs

    The pharmacist is an expert at pain management with the right drugs at the proper doses. They make certain that the interaction of the drugs do not cause any unintentional or harmful effects.

    The patient's doctor actually orders the medications and treatments as recommended by the palliative care team. Doctors use palliative care specialists to give special attention to their patients who need more help and care than other patients

  • Source: The Center to Advance Palliative Care
    Reviewed by: Gloria Cade, RN, BSN, CHPCA, director, hospice & palliative care
    First published: 08/20/2004
    Last reviewed: 02/07/2014