Hospice medical directors and registered nurses are experts in pain management. Through many years of clinical work in the hospice field they have learned that what may be appropriate and effective for one patient's pain may not be the correct course of action for others.
Pain management and palliative care focuses on relief of pain and symptom management. Decisions on pain management are made by hospice medical staff and the patient's own physician after discussion with family and patients regarding their desires and wishes (do I want to be alert? What are the side effects of certain medications?) and in consultation with you, their primary care physician.
Patients and families work together with the palliative care and pain management teams to improve the patient's quality of life. Our specialized teams monitor each patient's response to find the right therapy to improve their comfort level while minimizing side effects. Together we decide what is the course of action which best suits their needs.