Palliative Care ServicesPalliative Care Services in Angola, Indiana
What is Palliative Care?
Palliate care is specialized care available to patients with serious, chronic, or life-threatening conditions. This type of care is designed to go hand in hand with the patient’s current treatment for their illness as it treats their symptoms. The goal of palliative care is to enhance a person’s overall current care by focusing on improving their quality of life.
What Conditions Qualify for Palliative Care?
Any serious or chronic condition may qualify a person to receive palliative care from a licensed professional. These conditions include, but are not limited to:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Heart failure
- Parkinson’s disease
Who Might Need Palliative Care?
Palliative care may be provided to patients in many locations to a patient with a qualifying condition. Palliative care may be provided:
- To a patient currently admitted in the hospital
- To a qualifying patient through an outpatient facility
- A patient with a chronic condition residing in a nursing home
- In the home of a patient with a life-threatening condition or chronic diagnosis
Where is Palliative Care Provided?
When a patient has made the decision to cease all treatment aimed towards curing a disease process, they are able to qualify for palliative care through a licensed hospice facility. The goal of hospice palliative care is to keep the patient comfortable and focus on optimizing the quality of life they have left.
Palliative care being performed through a hospice facility may be performed either in the patient’s home, keeping them as comfortable as possible, or within a facility such as a:
- Hospice center
- Skilled nursing facility
There are many benefits to receiving palliative care treatment through a hospital as opposed to a separate facility. Chief among these is having a connection to state-of-the-art medical technology and a network of specialist to tap into. In particular, patients have access to a palliative care team comprised of multiple patients who work not only with the patient, but their family and the patient’s other doctors. While a patient’s palliative care team may vary based upon their level of care needed, the team may consist of nurses, specialists, nutritionists, social workers and chaplains.
The goal of the team assigned to each patient is to provide both the patient and the family medical, emotional, and spiritual support as this journey is not one that is easy on any of the involved.
A patient who opts to enter into a hospice facility, or department, to continue palliative care will be surrounded by a team made up of:
Is Treatment of the Existing Condition Required?
While working with a team of professionals, a patient experiencing a chronic condition has the opportunity to receive both palliative care to treat the symptoms and treatment for the disease itself. However, if the team of health care professionals that are assigned to the patient does not feel the treatment is effective, the patient has the option to discontinue treatment for the disease itself and continue with palliative care only.
A patient may also simply opt-out of continuing treatment for a specific disease or condition of which they are suffering, and may continue to be eligible and receive palliative care to alleviate symptoms that their illness may cause.
Once a patient has chosen to discontinue treatment for the condition, there are two options available. The patient may either:
- Discontinue their current treatment plan, and be admitted as a hospice patient, receiving palliative care through a hospice facility
- Discontinue the treatment of the disease process but continue their current palliative care treatment plan, increasing the emphasis on comfort for the patient
Why Choose Cameron Hospital Palliative Care?
Cameron Hospital is dedicated to providing top-quality palliative care, aimed at providing each patient with a treatment plan tailored to their specific needs, ensuring their quality of life is optimized, keeping both the patient and family members informed, and most of all ensuring the patient is kept comfortable.
As part of our transitional care services, Palliative Care at Cameron Hospital is managed by a nurse practitioner, and offered through phone or virtual outpatient services. Contact Cameron Memorial Hospital today to learn more about our Palliative Care Services.
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