WHAT IS PALLIATIVE CARE?
Palliative care, or “comfort care,” aims to help you feel better and cope with the stress of living with a serious illness. The goal is to improve the quality of life of both the patient and their family. Our team works to anticipate, prevent and relieve suffering related to a serious illness or the side effects of treatment. The palliative care team can also help patients learn about their healthcare options and document their wishes by assisting with living will and medical power of attorney documents. Patients who receive palliative care may continue to pursue curative treatment.
How Do I Know if Palliative Care is Right for Me?
Palliative care might be a good option for you if you have symptoms that make it difficult for you to be as active as you would like. This new medical specialty aims to manage pain and symptoms, decrease visits to the ER, prevent hospitalizations and improve quality of life. Palliative care services are often covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. Caring Connections Palliative Care cares for anyone in need of our services, regardless of their ability to pay.
CARING CONNECTIONS PALLIATIVE CARE MIGHT BE RIGHT FOR YOU IF...
- You have one or more serious illnesses, such as CHF, COPD or cancer
- You have been hospitalized or in the ER within the last 12 months
AND NEED HELP WITH ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Managing symptoms secondary to your illness or treatment
- Preventing unnecessary ER visits and hospitalizations
- Understanding your illness and making decisions about treatment options
How Does the Palliative Care Team Work With My Doctor?
The palliative care team will provide an in-home assessment, disease-specific education, comprehensive medication review and coordinate with your doctor to develop a plan of care that is centered around your goals and needs. Our team works in partnership with the your doctor to provide an extra layer of support, facilitate conversations about your health condition and help you navigate the complex healthcare system.
How Do I Get Caring Connections Palliative Care?
Ask for it! Talk with your doctor about how Caring Connections Palliative Care
can help you start to feel better now. For more information call us at 740.859.5655.