Palliative Care

The Knitting Ministry of the St. Teresa's
Club of St. Adalbert Parish, Elizabeth, NJ (pictured) meets monthly to knit, crochet
and infuse their prayers and hope for comfort into lap blankets and shawls.
These are shared with patients and family members at TRMC who are experiencing serious, life limiting illnesses. Patients, families and staff are comforted by the generous spirit of these dedicated women and the human kindness expressed in
the blankets.


Trinitas awarded advanced Palliative
Care Certification

(click link above for more)





 


Palliative care is "...a philosophy of care that provides a combination of active and compassionate therapies intended to comfort and support patients and families who are living with life-threatening illness, being sensitive and respectful of their religious, cultural and personal beliefs, values and traditions." (Canadian Palliative Care Association, 1995)

The role of the Trinitas palliative care team is to help the patient, family and the healthcare team communicate and understand one another. Palliative care is not just for people who might die soon. It is a caring resource for anyone with a long-term disease that will, in time, probably cause their death. Some examples are cancer, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and older persons having general discomfort and functional decline late in life.

Who Provides Palliative Care?
Depending on the needs of the patient and the family, a team of healthcare professionals provides palliative care. Usually, this includes physicians, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists, dietitians, physical, respiratory and speech therapists, case managers and nursing assistants.

When Is the Right Time for Palliative Care?
Palliative Care can be started at any stage of a loved one's life-limiting illness. When your loved one is admitted, we focus on learning about his/her wishes. We help patients and families with difficult decisions. We provide comfort with dignity. We ease concerns through family meetings and ongoing dialogue.

Interdisciplinary Services
--Expert pain management
--Management of other symptoms such as breathlessness, nausea and anxiety
--Attention to emotional and spiritual needs
--Help in setting goals of care and making complex treatment choices
--Coordination of efforts of the health care team: primary care physician, cancer specialists, neurologists, surgeons, heart specialists and other professional team members
--Transition to nursing home, home care services, or residential/home hospice as needed
--Referral for bereavement support

Information To Share
--Advance Directives/Health Care Proxy
--Medical Care and End-of-Life Preferences
--Religious Traditions
--Customs

Questions To Ask Doctors
--What can we expect to happen in the next few hours, days, weeks?
--Why is this new treatment (or test) suggested?
--How will it change the current plan of care?
--Will a new treatment help my relative get better?
--What are the side effects?
--What if it doesn’t work?

Chapel
Located on the First Floor, main hallway.
Open from 5am until 8:30pm

Food Service
For your convenience, the medical center maintains a cafeteria and a coffee shop. The Cafeteria is located on the First Floor behind the elevators off the Main Lobby. The Coffee Shop is located off the Main Lobby. There is also a vending machine area located on the First Floor in the main hallway off the Lobby, near the Chapel.

Other Questions
For additional information, visit these websites:
www.getpalliativecare.org
www.myicucare.org

Palliative Care In the Intensive Care Unit

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) specializes in continuous monitoring and evaluation of patients with critical medical conditions. The patient and family, their values and goals, needs and hopes, questions and concerns, background information and suggestions are all central to our care. On a daily basis, our ICU provides caring palliative attention for our patients. This specialized care is aimed at relieving suffering and helping patients and their families understand all possible treatment options. This care also manages the pain or symptoms that may accompany serious illness.

Soon after a patient is admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), we meet with the family to review our findings, answer questions, and discuss a plan of care.

Family Communication
If there is a change in your family member's condition, a staff member will call you. Please tell the nurse caring for your family member how you would like to receive daily updates. Normally, a family meeting is scheduled by the third day after ICU admission.

ICU Care Team
Medical Director: 908-994-5331
Nurse Manager: 908-994-5198
Clinical Nurse Specialist: 908-994-5149
Palliative Care Director: 908-994-5851
SocialWorker: 908-994-5136
Pastoral Care: 908-994-5011

Visiting Hours
You are welcome to visit at any hour. Whenever possible, we want you to be involved in the care and comfort of your family member. However, at times, the staff may ask you to wait in the waiting room.

Nursing Stations
Rooms 2001-2008: 908-994-5176
Rooms 2009-2015: 908-994-5173
Rooms 2016-2022: 908-994-5770

Family Consultation Room
Located outside of Room 2021. Comfortable seating and complimentary beverages are available.




 

    

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