Coping with the symptoms of a painful, serious illness is one of the most challenging things a person can go through. At the Visiting Nurse Association of Hanover & Spring Grove, we're here to provide special care to help relieve the pain and symptoms associated with serious or chronic conditions,
Individuals receiving other treatments for their illness can receive palliative care services at the same time from the caring medical staff.
What Is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is treatment that can be provided at any time to someone experiencing a serious illness. It’s focused on helping reduce the impact of pain or other unpleasant symptoms and decreasing the stress a patient may feel because of their condition. Whether the care is being provided as an end-of-life measure or as part of a comprehensive treatment plan early in an illness, medical providers use palliative approaches to improve overall quality of life for the patient and their loved ones.
Palliative care helps treat symptoms such as pain, depression, shortness of breath, fatigue, anxiety, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping and any other symptoms that might be causing distress associated with serious illnesses. Some diagnoses that are commonly associated with palliative approaches include cancer, congestive heart failure, COPD, kidney disease, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and ALS.
Why Receive Palliative Care?
Palliative care provides better measures for pain and symptom management than some other forms of treatment. In some cases, it can even help ensure a longer life for the patient so they can spend more time with the people they love.
The care aspects of palliative treatments focus on the goals of the patient and their family. At the Visiting Nurse Association of Hanover & Spring Grove, we work closely with physicians and patients to devise a palliative care plan that makes the most sense for their individual situation.
Finally, palliative care offers the patient an opportunity to live their life more comfortably, even when they're coping with a serious condition. Palliative care can also focus on meeting a patient's emotional and spiritual needs.
Contact Us For Palliative Care Services
If you have any questions about exploring palliative care options and if you or a family member may be eligible, contact us for more information. Call 717-637-1227 or 800-422-3197 to schedule an appointment.