Quality of Life in Palliative Care

At Sugar House Health Center, our goal is to improve the quality of life for both our patients and their families in and around the community. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurse practitioners, social workers, chaplains, and other specialists who work with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support and care for the whole person.

Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness (including at the time of initial diagnosis), and can be provided together with all other treatments.

What Is Palliative Care?

Palliative care comes from the word "to palliate," which means to make more comfortable. It is specialized medical care for people of all ages with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from symptoms, pain, and the stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis.

Locations & Hours

Our palliative care services will be offered in our Internal Medicine Clinic at Sugar House Health Center. Our front desk staff will be available to guide you where to go.

Hours

Tues: 3 pm to 7 pm
Fri: 11 am to 3 pm

Health Conditions Palliative Care Assists With

Palliative care is holistic and interdisciplinary in its focus. A consultation from a palliative care specialist can assist you in dealing with the following:

  • Breathing problems
  • Pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation and diarrhea
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Exhaustion and fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleeping problems
  • Caregiver stress and burnout

Palliative Care Services

A palliative care consultation can provide for any and all of the following services:

  • Time for communication with patients, their families and caregivers about their illness, hopes and worries, and wishes for care
  • Expert management of pain and other symptoms
  • Help navigating the health care system
  • Guidance with difficult and complex treatment decisions
  • Emotional and spiritual support
  • Advance care planning

We work closely with primary care providers and specialists to coordinate care. One of our main goals is to help patients identify their goals for healthcare, develop a practical treatment plan to work towards those goals and to openly communicate with families, caregivers and healthcare providers.

Palliative care can have a significant impact on quality of life even while curative and disease-directed treatments are still in process.

Our Palliative Care Specialists

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment with us, we do prefer you get a referral from your physician. However, we are also happy to see anyone without a referral who feels they need a palliative approach to their serious medical illness. 

Pharmacy & Mail Order Pharmacy

In-Person

Pick up your prescriptions at several convenient health centers along the Wasatch Front. You can also register for mail order pharmacy.

Complimentary Services & Resources

To make your appointment more convenient, we also offer:

  • free child care,
  • free wifi, and
  • furniture with electrical outlets so you can charge your devices.