Palliative care providers are skilled in pain and symptom management. They can guide you and your family through your care choices. And since many services are conducted in the patient’s home or residence, people who have difficulty traveling to a doctor’s office often find that palliative care enhances their quality of life and eliminates unnecessary hospital and emergency room visits
Palliative care is an integral part of our service offering at The Elizabeth Hospice. This medical approach focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious, chronic condition which can improve the quality of life and preserve dignity of life for both patients (adults and children) and their family members.
With palliative care, your care team from The Elizabeth Hospice works together with your primary care physician and other physicians to provide an added layer of support. Palliative care can be provided along with curative treatment. By relieving your symptoms, the palliative care team may actually help you improve your health.
Your palliative care team will include a:
- Board-certified palliative care physician
- Nurse practitioner who is an expert in pain control and symptom management
- Nurse who assesses your condition and monitors symptoms and changes
- Social worker who provides counseling and emotional support for you and your loved ones
Illnesses that are appropriate for palliative care include: metastatic cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, stroke, Parkinson’s and more. Patients are required to have a primary care physician and follow an established plan of care.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Palliative care is part of a continuum of care. Your interdisciplinary team will regularly review your plan of care and make recommendations about whether you should continue with this type of care or if a different level of care is appropriate.
Palliative care is for patients with a chronic or terminal illness such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cancer, renal failure or dementia. These patients are often seeking relief from pain and other symptoms such as nausea, constipation or fatigue. Palliative care patients may be under the care of multiple specialists and need assistance establishing their care goals.
Admission is based on insurance and clinical eligibility. We accept many insurance plans.
For more information about palliative care from The Elizabeth Hospice, call 760.796.3763.