What is palliative care?
It’s professional care that reduces symptoms and addresses your spiritual and emotional concerns, with or without the goal of a cure.
You could benefit from palliative care if you want only treatment to manage suffering and improve the quality of your life. Or you could benefit if your aim is to continue medical treatment in order to recover completely. Research has shown that some patients receiving early palliative care had significant improvements in quality of life and mood as well as longer survival.
Palliative care is available for those with a long-term or advanced illness, such as:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- Neurological diseases
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
How can you plan your care? How might we help?
Your decisions about your care are deeply personal ones. They are based on your values, preferences and discussions with your loved ones. The decisions about your care are yours to make regardless of what care you choose, even if you become unable to speak for yourself.
We'd be honored to provide information and answer questions as you're deciding what types of care you would or wouldn't want.
And once you make your choices for care, it’s important that they are written down to ensure they can be respected and fulfilled.
When might you consider palliative care?
People arrive at the decision to receive palliative care at varying times since each person’s situation is different. Here are possible things that may lead you to consider palliative care:
- Difficulty managing the illness
- Questions about the future because of the illness
- Upsetting symptoms such as pain, depression, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue or anxiety
- A desire to learn more about treatments and care choices
- Emotional difficulties such as loss of hope
- Family disagreements related to the illness
- A mind, body and spirit approach to care
- Repeated stays in the hospital
- Not ready to consider hospice care
Who are the team members on our Transitions and Life Choices (TLC) team?
Our TLC home care team includes specially trained individuals. Together, they provide many services, depending on your needs. The team includes nurses, social workers, physicians, spiritual care providers, home health aides and pharmacists, as well as physical, occupational and speech therapists. We coordinate care with your own physician.
Insurance and payment
We'll be happy to talk about insurance coverage with you, including Medicare and Medical Assistance and private insurance. Private pay options are also available.