What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is specialized medical care that focuses on reducing the symptoms, pain and stress caused by serious illness- whatever the diagnosis. It is appropriate at any age or stage of illness and can be provided alongside curative treatment.
The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for both patient and family. Care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers and other specialists who work with the patient’s doctors to develop a plan of care. Palliative care is an extra layer of support whereby the team can offer information and guidance for complex medical decisions.
Who is eligible for Palliative Care?
Anyone with stress due to a serious, life-limiting illness.
How Do I Start Services?
Ask your doctor if palliative care services may be right for you, or call us directly at 828.692.6178 or 866.466.9734 (toll-free).
How does Palliative Care differ from Hospice Care?
While hospice care is meant for those with a life-limiting illness in the last several years or months of life, palliative care can help during any stage of illness. It can be provided regardless of a person’s life expectancy, at the same time as curative or life-prolonging treatments, and even in conjunction with other services such as home health.
Where is Palliative Care provided?
Four Seasons provides palliative care services throughout our 11-county service area in patient’s homes, independent and assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, area hospitals and at our local clinics.
What types of illness does Four Seasons treat through Palliative Services?
Palliative care is available to support people living with any type of illness such as:
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- kidney disease
- cancer, and many others
How is Palliative Care provided?
You will have an initial evaluation with a Physician, Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant. You may receive visits from nurses, social workers, and chaplains in order to provide treatment, support and guidance.
What can I expect from Palliative Care?
- Better understanding of your medical condition and all of your treatment options
- Confidence that the treatment decisions you make match what you want
- Improved ability to carry on with your daily life
- Relief from distressing symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping
- Improved ability to tolerate medical treatments
- Improved ability to cope with the stress and daily challenges of living with illness.
- Close communication and compassionate care
How is Palliative Care paid for?
As a community based non-profit organization, Four Seasons provides its quality hospice and palliative care to all patients in need of services, regardless of their payment source. These may include, but are not limited to:
- Private Insurance
- Community Contributions
For more information about palliative care services, and should you like our assistance in speaking with your doctor about palliative care, please call us at 828.692.6178 or 866.466.9734 (toll-free).
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