Palliative Care

CMHS Inpatient Palliative Care Services

Your hospital doctor may recommend that you be seen in consultation by the Inpatient Palliative Care team. Your doctor will then place an order and you will be contacted by a representative of our team. Your doctor may also recommend and place an order for Outpatient Palliative Care consultation with VenturaCare Partners. This appointment will be arranged for a date after you are discharged from the hospital.

VenturaCare Partners Outpatient Palliative Care Telehealth Appointments

Outpatient Telehealth appointments via Video Conferencing are now available with Dr Christina Matts. To make an appointment, please call (805) 667-2273.

Frequently Asked Questions About Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care is a specialty dedicated to helping patients and their loved ones cope with serious illness. Palliative care can be provided simultaneously with any other treatments and may begin early in the course of a serious or chronic illness.

Who Are We?

We are an interdisciplinary team consisting of:

  • Palliative Care Physicians
  • Palliative Care Nurses
  • Palliative Care Social Workers
  • Palliative Chaplain
  • Other healthcare professionals

How Do I Know if Palliative Care is Right For Me or For My Family Member?

Palliative Care is an approach that improves the quality of life for patients and their families facing serious illnesses. Palliative Care provides:

  • Relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
  • Support to patients and their families
  • Help to clarify goals of care for patients with advanced illness
  • Psychological, social and spiritual support
  • A team approach
  • Enhanced communication within a hospital setting

Is Palliative Care Different Than Hospice Care?

Yes, Palliative Care is not the same as hospice care. Palliative Care may be provided at any time during a person’s illness, even from the time of diagnosis. It may be given along with any curative treatments. Hospice care is a form of Palliative Care provided at the end of life. It focuses on terminally ill patients who no longer seek treatments to cure their illness.

Will My Doctor Continue to Care For Me?

Yes, your doctor will continue to take care of you and be in charge of your care. The Palliative Care team will work alongside your doctor to ensure the best possible care.

How Do We Help?

We assist your healthcare team to relieve distressing symptoms such as:

  • Pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Agitation or restlessness
  • Sleeplessness

We Offer Support to You and Your Family

  • We can help communication among family members.
  • Provide education regarding your illness and treatment options
  • Assist with advance healthcare planning consistent with the patient’s wishes
  • We provide spiritual and emotional support throughout the course of an illness.

We Help With Transitions Between Care Settings

The Palliative Care Team will work with your case manager regarding discharge needs and coordinating community resources.

We Help With Decision Making

We can help you to identify what is most important to you and your family and help communicate those wishes to your healthcare team.