Palliative Care - Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks
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Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks

 

Palliative Care

What is palliative care?

Palliative Care is a medical specialty which improves the quality of life for Veterans facing life-threatening illness, through the assessment, treatment, and prevention of pain and other physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs.

Veterans receive 24-hour care with the focus on comfort, without aggressive diagnostic tests or invasive treatments offered in the acute hospital setting.  Palliative Care intends neither to hasten nor to postpone death and may even positively influence the course of a Veteran's illness. Palliative Care affirms life and regards dying as a normal and expected part of the life cycle.

The members of the Palliative Care Team offer a support system to help Veterans live as actively as possible until death. The team approach addresses the needs of Veterans and their families including spiritual support according to the wishes of the patient and his or her family.

The Palliative Care Unit

  • This unit at VHSO is a separate place in the hospital for Veterans with life-limiting illnesses.
  • Palliative care rooms are private.
  • Each room has a chair that folds out into a bed for a family member wishing to stay overnight.
  • Veterans and families are encouraged to make the rooms more homelike with items the Veteran enjoys such as a favorite blanket, family pictures, and favorite foods.
  • Each room has a microwave and refrigerator for family use.

What the Palliative Care Team also offers Veterans and their families:

Social work services, including information on benefits, funeral planning and survivor benefits, transportation, and community resources;

Assistance with Advance Directives—Living Wills;

Pastoral counseling;

Support in-home care giving system or assist with placement if needed.

Contact Info

Location

  • Building 1, wing 3B
    1100 N. College Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72703

Contact Number(s)

  • 479-443-4301 Ext. 67590

Hours of Operation

  • Daily, 24/7