Palliative Care Program

Working with the patient’s physician, our Palliative Care Program evaluates and manages the pain or side effects of a disease that is chronic with acute exacerbations. This is accomplished through the assessment and teaching of patients, education of caregivers and direct procedures. Our Palliative Care Program is designed to meet the needs of patients who have an increased risk for problem exacerbation or re-hospitalization.

OUR PALLIATIVE CARE PROGRAM PROVIDES:

  • Pain & symptom management

  • Reduced risk for re-hospitalizations

  • Relief for caregivers

  • Appropriate care planning

  • Regular ongoing assessment/treatment of pain and non-pain symptoms

  • Weekly RN visits

  • Hospice consultations

WHAT IS PALLIATIVE CARE?

Palliative care is comprehensive treatment of the discomfort, symptoms, and stress of a serious illness. It does not replace primary treatment, palliative care works together with the primary treatment the patient is receiving. The goal is to prevent and ease suffering, and improve quality of life.

If you need palliative care, does that mean you are dying?

The purpose of palliative care is to address distressing symptoms such as pain, breathing difficulties or nausea, among others.

PALLIATIVE CARE CAN BE VERY EFFECTIVE.

Researchers have studied the positive side effects palliative care has on patients. Recent studies show that patients who receive palliative care report improvement in:

  • Pain and other distressing symptoms, such as nausea or shortness of breath.

  • Communication with their doctors and family members.

  • Living longer with a better quality of life.

  • Emotional support

Other studies also show that palliative care:

  • Ensures that care is more in line with patients’ wishes.

  • Meets the emotional and spiritual needs of patients.


© Visiting Nurse Association & Blue Water Hospice® All rights reserved.