The importance of Palliative Care
The Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging has recognized the importance of Palliative Care and has a commitment to providing quality Palliative Care services to our elderly. Dr. Masil George is the Director of the Geriatric Palliative Care program at the Reynolds Institute on Aging. She is board certified in internal medicine, geriatrics, and palliative care.
This program focuses primarily on palliative and end of life care for the elderly. The programs include outpatient clinic, home-based palliative care and nursing home consultative services for nursing homes affiliated with the University of Arkansas. The outpatient clinic is located at the Reynolds Institute on Aging Thomas and Lyon Longevity Clinic. The clinic includes interdisciplinary team consisting of a palliative care geriatrician, social worker, pharmacist, and nutritionist. The clinic also has close collaboration and consultation with Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Palliative Care: Improving Quality of Life During Serious Illness
There’s more to treating an illness than finding the cure. The UAMS palliative care program focuses on relieving suffering and improving a patient’s quality of life. The UAMS palliative care program focuses on relieving suffering.
UAMS began its palliative care program several years ago and was the first in the state to receive an accreditation from The Joint Commission, an honor recognized nationally as a symbol of quality and meeting the highest performance standards.
The program at UAMS is also instrumental in producing future palliative care professionals. It has the only fellowship program in the state for doctors and is the only entity in the state with a geriatric palliative care program.
Palliative care is a recent subspecialty in medicine that is available for patients no matter their stage of illness. It includes hospice care but is not limited to end-of-life care.
The supportive service also helps family members and caregivers who work closely with the patient. Palliative care treatment includes the welfare of the caregiver and family members.
Outpatient Geriatric Palliative Care
Home-based Palliative Care: 501-526-6387 Nursing Home Palliative Care Consultation: 501-526-6860