Painful or chronic illnesses have a negative impact on the quality of life. That’s where palliative care can help. Palliative care is comfort care that provides relief from many of the symptoms of a serious illness including pain, shortness of breath, nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, depression, sleep problems and treatment side effects.
We offer both a physician/nurse practitioner team and a home health team who are available 24/7 to focus on the physical, emotional and psychological needs of both the patient and their family. Our palliative care teams can also provide additional resources to assist patients and their families in navigating our complex and sometimes confusing medical system and to help them better understand the plan of care.
Unlike hospice, palliative care has no limitation related to life expectancy nor is there a requirement to give up treatment aimed at potentially curing the disease or condition.
Where is care delivered?
Palliative care is provided wherever you currently call home–a private residence, hospital, assisted living or skilled nursing facility.
What types of diagnoses make a patient eligible for palliative care?
Any patient with a life-limiting condition may benefit from palliative care including, but not limited to, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), cancer, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, renal disease, stroke and coma.
Our team of physicians/nurse practitioners can:
- Manage day-to-day pain and distress to improve quality of life for the patient
- Work with the patient, their family and the medical team to facilitate discharge planning
- Handle patient and family communication issues
- Support the treatment plan of the primary care physician
Home Health Team
Our Home Health Team works under the direction of the patient’s own physician or a palliative care specialist physician and can provide:
- Skilled assessment
- Management of troublesome symptoms
- Care of special drains, catheters and intravenous infusions that the patient may require
- Physical therapy treatments to ease pain including heat, ultrasound and positioning
- Other non-pharmacologic treatments
- Family, caregiver and patient education
Let us know how we can help. Call Faith Hospice at 616-235-5113.