Palliative Care is a specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. Palliative Care focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, physical stress, pain, and mental stress associated with having a serious illness, no matter what the diagnosis might be. The goal of Palliative Care is to improve the quality of life of the patient. Palliative Care can be provided in a hospital setting or at home.
Some people confuse Palliative Care with Hospice care but there is a significant difference. Hospice care is meant for people whose illness is terminal and who are in the final months of life. Palliative Care can be provided to hospice patients to make them more comfortable during their final stages of life. Non-hospice Palliative Care, however, is a medical service that is available to patients in any stage of a major illness such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and more…
A Palliative Care team will assist a patient with managing their condition and their treatments so that the patient can experience improvement in the following areas:
• Relief of pain, shortness of breath, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, sleep loss or numbness.
• The physical and mental strength to carry on their daily life.
• The ability to tolerate medical procedures and treatments.
• Understanding of their condition and the choices they have in medical care.
An expert Palliative Care team can make a huge difference in a patient’s quality of life. A Palliative Care nurse can come to a patient’s home and work with the patient and their doctors, nurses, social workers, spiritual advisors and family to make sure that the patient is receiving:
• The proper treatment for their pain and symptoms.
• Communication about their illness and treatment choices.
• Coordination of the patients care across all of their healthcare providers.
• Emotional support for the patient and their family.
• Coordination of home care and hospice services (if needed).
• 24-hour support and in-home nursing care.
Palliative Care can begin at any stage throughout an illness and can occur simultaneously with other treatments for an illness. Palliative Care can be most beneficial when started early on in a diagnosis because then the pain and symptoms of the illness can be managed from the very beginning. Furthermore, most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid will cover Palliative Care services. Palliative Care services are handled just like other medical services by the insurance company.
Getting Palliative Care is easy. Even in-home Palliative Care is available. An in-home nurse specializing in Palliative Care can come to the home of the patient and work with both the family and patient in the comfort of the patient’s home.
Competent Care Home Health Nursing provides Palliative Care for patients living throughout Orange County. A nurse from Competent Care Home Health Nursing will come to your home and travel to doctors appointments with you to provide supportive Palliative Care. If you live in Orange County, CA and are looking for Palliative Care services, contact Competent Care Home Health Nursing at 800/755-4818.
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