CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – When Dr. Brian Bolden first began learning about palliative care, he was intrigued by how this new approach would better assist patients suffering from chronic or end-of-life diseases.
In the past four years, Dr. Bolden, who recently joined Summit Palliative Care, an affiliate of Summit Health, has dedicated his time to making sure his patients and their values are at the center of their healthcare.
“It’s my job to ask them questions that may already be assumed, but are not to be overlooked, such as: What is important to you? Do you understand what is going on?” he said. “Palliative care is about taking more time to create a care plan that reflects the patient’s values.”
While many people associate palliative care with end-of-life or hospice care, it’s more than that, Dr. Bolden said. The benefits of palliative care for any patient with a complex disease range from new approaches to symptom management to having a social worker assigned to assist in necessary paperwork.
Being a part of this decade old field is also a great opportunity to educate the community and learn how patients would like their values to translate into their care, he said. It also helps him focus on his own values.
“In this field, it really gives you perspective on the importance of each day,” said Dr. Bolden. “The patients that I meet and get to know really value the day and live for the little things that are important to them.”
For more information on palliative care services, contact Chambersburg Hospital at (717) 262-4546 or Waynesboro Hospital at (717) 765-4000 ext. 5578. More information is also available online at www.SummitHealth.org/Palliative.
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