Palliative Care Program

Hands of senior man and caregiver.

Palliative Care optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering throughout chronic and life-threatening illness. It addresses the resident’s physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.

Palliative Care Is:

  • An approach to resident care that is integrated with disease-modifying therapies
  • Life-affirming care that regards dying as a normal process
  • Not intended to hasten or postpone death
  • A support system to help families cope during the resident’s illness and their own bereavement
  • A program designed to enhance the quality of a resident’s life, and therefore may also positively influence the course of illness

GEM’s Palliative Care Services

A resident’s physician may recommend non-traditional therapies including:

  • Acupuncture
  • Hypnosis
  • Light Therapy (Theragem)
  • Guided Imagery
  • Meditation
  • Art Therapy
  • Herbal Supplements