Palliative Care

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What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care is specialized medical care for people with a serious illness. Its focus is on providing patients relief from the pain and anxiety of a complex illness, regardless of the diagnosis. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a disease. Palliative care is different from Hospice care in that it may start at diagnosis. Patients receiving Palliative Care may also receive curative treatment for their disease. The primary goals of the Palliative Care Program are to improve the quality of life for both the patient and their family and decrease the need for emergency room visits or re-hospitalizations. According to the Center to Advance Palliative Care* people may need palliative care in a community setting if they:

  • Don’t meet criteria for hospital admission, yet need support.
  • Are too well for home care and yet also do not meet the criteria for hospice.
  • Are frail and elderly and want to stay out of the hospital.
  • Have a child with a serious illness and chronic care needs that negatively impacts quality of life. (*www.capc.org/topics/palliative-care-community/)

About our Palliative Care Program

The Palliative Care Program at Cornerstone VNA provides consultations and follow-up visits with a Registered Nurse and/or a Nurse Practitioner. We will work together with you, your family and your physician(s) to help manage your symptoms and establish goals of care.

Palliative Care focuses on your symptoms and helps you understand your treatment options so that you have more control over your illness and can improve the quality of your life.

Did you know?

  • There is a difference between Palliative Care and Hospice Care. Palliative Care is for the chronically ill and Hospice Care is for the terminally ill.
  • Patients receiving Palliative Care can still receive treatments to cure or aggressively manage their disease and do not need to have a limited life expectancy.
  • A patient does not need to be home bound to receive this service.
  • Care is provided where the patient lives: home, assisted living facility, or nursing home.
  • Palliative Care can be accessed through a Home Care or a community referral. A referral can be made by a physician, a friend, a family member, a neighbor, or by the patient.

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