Palliative Care Offered in the Comfort of Home
The goal of palliative care is to relieve the pain, anxiety, symptoms and stress that come with major health changes or a serious illness. Palliative care is provided in a patient's home by a team of professionals that offer coordinated and supportive care to address a patient's physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. At Centura Health at Home, our focus is on the human experience to enhance and complement the patient's current plan of care at any point in their illness. Patients can still receive curative treatment for their illness while receiving palliative care.
The palliative care team collaborates with the patient's primary care provider and offers compassionate care at times of critical need. The goal is to prevent and relieve suffering and provide the best quality of life for patients, right in the comfort of their own home. The palliative care team helps patients and families identify goals of care, provide guidance for difficult treatment choices and assists with advance care planning.
Services provided by palliative care team:
- Collaborate with the primary care doctor/referring physician to relieve difficult symptoms associated with illness
- Manage side effects associated with current treatment
- Address changing goals of care
- Help patients consider care options and make decisions about quality of life
- Help interpret the benefits/burdens of treatments (tests, medications, surgeries, radiation)
- Enhance patient and family support
- Provide spiritual and emotional support
- Assist with care planning options including home care, rehabilitation, telehealth, long term care or hospice
- Assist with care planning following a hospital stay
- Identify preferences for future hospitalization
- Grief counseling and bereavement support
Who is eligible for palliative care?
Palliative care is appropriate for anyone diagnosed with a progressive, chronic, critical or life-threatening illness. It includes but is not limited to patients with:
- Heat failure
- Severe diabetes
- Kidney failure
- Advanced Alzheimer's disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Patients with a lack of response to therapies
- Spiritual and/or emotional distress
Patients receiving treatment for their illness are eligible for palliative care.