Palliative Care

If you are hospitalized with a serious or life-threatening illness, the Norton Palliative Care Program at Norton Hospital is available to help with your emotional, physical, spiritual, cultural and social needs. Palliative care team members are specially trained in managing pain and symptoms as well as providing emotional and spiritual support.

The palliative care team consists of:

  • Board-certified Medical Director
  • Social worker
  • Chaplain

Palliative care is not a home health service. It is available only while you are a patient at Norton Hospital in downtown Louisville.

Palliative care services

Palliative care team members recognize that every person and situation is unique, and different life experiences lead to different palliative care needs. Team members will listen to your needs and discuss possible treatment options with you. Your dignity and comfort are the top concerns for each team member.

Pain management

Pain often is a major concern when you are facing a serious or life-threatening illness. Palliative care team members will work closely with you and your families to identify what is causing your pain and ways to relieve pain. The team may manage your pain with traditional medical therapies or use other methods such as medication and relaxation therapy.

Symptom management

Serious illness may lead to a variety of symptoms that have an impact on your daily comfort, such as:

  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety
  • Shortness of breath

Emotional and spiritual support

A wide range of emotional, social and spiritual issues may affect your comfort and dignity. As you and your family face these challenges, the palliative care team will offer support and respect your choices on topics such as:

  • Caregiver planning
  • Financial counseling
  • End-of-life decisions
  • Spiritual support and counseling
  • Emotional support
  • Connecting to community resources
Palliative Care

Norton Palliative Care Program

(502) 629-2806

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