Palliative care services are available for patients of any age, at any stage of an illness, and can be provided at the same time as curative treatment. Palliative care helps manage pain or other symptoms associated with a serious or chronic illness, including COPD, congestive heart failure, kidney disease, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, or dementia.
Palliative care can improve your ability to carry on with your daily life and toleration of medical treatment. We help you and your caregivers tbetter understand your condition and your choices for medical care. In short, palliative care helps you achieve the best possible outcome of your illness.
Our professionals can identify and address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient, family, or caregivers. We share information on treatment options and resources available to you, and can assist with advanced care planning. Our palliative care team includes:
- a physician who specializes in recommending medications or treatments to help relieve pain and symptoms caused by illness or aggressive curative treatment;
- a nurse practitioner with advanced training in complex chronic illnesses, pain, and symptom management and advanced care planning;
- a social worker with advanced training in counseling patients and family members about interpersonal issues, lifestyle changes, hospital discharge planning, and coordination of community resources;
- a chaplain who offers spiritual and emotional support, counseling and coping strategies for patients and family, according to their faith and individual needs;
- music and massage therapists who provide physical and emotional relief from pain and other symptoms caused by illness or aggressive curative treatment; and
- physical, occupational, respiratory, speech and other therapists as needed.
Palliative care is available to any patient, regardless of ability to pay. Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover all or a portion of palliative care treatment in the hospital. Talk with your primary physician or nurse and ask for a palliative care referral.
To request a consult or find out more, call the Palliative Care office at 864-255-1304.