Palliative care is indeed a specialized approach to medical care that focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and suffering associated with serious illnesses, especially those that are life-limiting or chronic in nature. The primary goal of VNA Hanover & Spring Grove’s palliative care services is to improve the patient’s quality of life and support their physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. This type of care is not limited to end-of-life situations, and it can be provided alongside curative treatments.
Our palliative care is often administered by a team of healthcare professionals, which can include doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and other specialists. This interdisciplinary team works together to address the various needs of the patient and their family. They aim to manage pain and other distressing symptoms, help patients and their families make informed decisions about their care, provide emotional and psychological support, and enhance the patient’s overall comfort and well-being.
Am I Eligible For Palliative Care?
Patients with life-limiting diseases are eligible for palliative care, even when seeking curative treatments. Their prognosis does not need to be terminal.
Benefits Of Palliative Care
The goal of palliative care is to improve patients’ quality of life. This can be done by treating and managing symptoms that interfere with everyday activities. For example, our services include:
- Care that is focused on the mutual goals of the patient and family
- Living a more comfortable life
- Palliative care at home
- Measures for managing pain and symptoms
- Meeting patient’s emotional and spiritual needs
Comprehensive & Holistic Approach
Palliative care is a specialized approach to medical care that focuses on improving the quality of life for individuals facing serious illnesses. Its primary goal is to provide relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress associated with these illnesses, rather than aiming for a cure. Palliative care is comprehensive and holistic, addressing not only the physical aspects of the illness but also the emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of patients and their families.
Key Aspects of Palliative Care Include:
- Symptom Management: Palliative care aims to alleviate the symptoms and side effects of serious illnesses, such as pain, nausea, fatigue, and difficulty breathing. By managing these symptoms effectively, patients can experience greater comfort and overall well-being.
- Quality of Life Enhancement: The focus of palliative care is on improving the patient’s overall quality of life. This involves helping patients maintain their dignity, autonomy, and sense of control while facing the challenges of their illness.
- Interdisciplinary Team: Palliative care is typically provided by a team of healthcare professionals with diverse expertise, including doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and counselors. This team works together to address the various dimensions of the patient’s needs.
- Communication and Decision-Making: Palliative care teams emphasize open and honest communication with patients and their families. They help patients make informed decisions about their care based on their values, preferences, and treatment goals.
- Psychosocial and Emotional Support: Coping with a serious illness can take a toll on a patient’s emotional well-being. Palliative care provides emotional and psychological support to patients and their families, helping them navigate the challenges and changes that come with illness.
- Family Involvement: VNA Hanover & Spring Grove recognizes the importance of family and loved ones in the patient’s journey. Support is extended to families to help them understand the patient’s condition, manage caregiving responsibilities, and cope with the emotional impact.
- Disease Progression Management: Our palliative care helps patients and their families understand the progression of the illness and what to expect. This knowledge can aid in planning for future care and making decisions about treatment options.
- Continuity of Care: Easily integrated at any stage of a serious illness, from diagnosis onward. It can be provided alongside curative treatments and is not limited to end-of-life situations.
Is Palliative Care Right for Me & My Family?
It’s important to note that palliative care is distinct from hospice care, which is a form of care specifically provided to patients with a life expectancy of six months or less. Palliative care, on the other hand, can be provided alongside curative treatments and can continue even if a patient’s condition improves or stabilizes.
Overall, palliative care is aimed at enhancing the well-being of patients and their families by addressing the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of living with a serious illness.