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Palliative Care

Who is part of our Palliative Care team?

  • Our physicians work with you, your family and the entire team to ensure your needs and goals are met.

  • Registered nurses work closely with you and your physician to plan and fulfill your care, continuously evaluate its effectiveness and make changes when necessary. Communication with all members of the team is a priority.

  • Nurses' aides assist with personal care including dressing, bathing, toileting, ambulating, feeding, and other related procedures.

  • Physical therapists help you with mobility and strength and might recommend occupational and speech therapists who may suggest adaptable equipment or new ways to carry out your day-to-day activities.

  • Social workers are experts in assisting with social, emotional, and functional issues and, when appropriate can offer referrals for legal, financial and community resources.

  • Clergy are experts in spiritual guidance. Experience has demonstrated the "power of prayer" in healing. We maintain a list of clergy of all faiths and we respect your personal choices.

  • Laboratory/radiology technicians may be needed for testing bodily fluids and taking X-rays to assist your doctor with treatment plans.

  • Pharmacists work closely with your physician and nurse to make sure you get the most appropriate medications to manage your symptoms and to prevent drug interactions.

  • Cardiopulmonary technicians can assist you with breathing difficulties and anxiety related to shortness of breath, proper inhaler technique, and relaxation to promote well-being.

  • Nutritionist/dietary consultants aid in dietary management and offer suggestions for supplements when necessary.

  • Registered nurse discharge planners work with you, your family, your physician and your insurance company to plan your discharge to home or other qualifying facility. They will help coordinate home health, hospice and any other qualified care options. Discharge planning starts the moment you are admitted to the hospital, with your ultimate goals in mind. Registered nurses will coordinate team meetings and assist you in any way necessary to meet your goals.

  • Volunteers are a special group of trained individuals who share their free time to sit with you and your loved ones. These volunteers recognize that a "quiet presence" is sometimes all that is needed for comfort. You may request this service by asking your nurse.

  • Bereavement specialists may be needed to assist with questions you or your family may have with end-of-life planning. The specialists can help you make phone calls or set up a private meeting in your room.

For more information regarding our Palliative Care services, please call our Nursing Department at 207-633-2121.

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6 St. Andrews Lane | Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538 | (207) 633-2121