Salinas Valley Palliative Care
Long-Term Health Services in the Monterey Peninsula
Serious illnesses require close monitoring and a round-the-clock medical
attention. This is the kind of service you and your loved ones can expect
at Salinas Valley Medical Clinic’s palliative care unit. Palliative
care is an intensive treatment where patients suffering chronic illnesses
like heart failure and advances cancer have access to the specialized
care they need. While many palliative conditions can be life-threatening,
they are not death sentences. Patients often recover from their illness
or return to a stable enough condition that they can return home.
Goals of Palliative Care
The primary goal of palliative care is to improve the patient’s quality
of life. Palliative care is often coupled with intense treatments to help
the patient recover from their illness. Patients and their families deserve
to know their realistic chances of recovering, and the medical staff prepares
them with honest information about the various outcomes of their treatment.
Patients may be admitted to palliative care if they are diagnosed chronic
problems such as:
- Kidney disease
- Huntington’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
For a condition like Alzheimer’s or dementia, for which there is
no known cure, patients receive attentive treatments designed to alleviate
depression and discomfort. These patients have not necessarily reached
the end of their life, and palliative care provides them with an opportunity
to live as comfortably as possible with their condition.
Support for Patient’s & Families
Requiring palliative care is difficult on both patients and families. In
addition to treating the patient’s physical needs, SVMC provides
emotional support services for them and their loved ones. Our staff creates
open lines of communication so all parties involves can stay informed
on the various options available to them.