Palliative Care ServicesPalliative Care Services in Northeastern Indiana
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is a set of specialized care services available to patients with serious, chronic, or life-threatening conditions. The goal of palliative care is to enhance a person’s overall current care by focusing on improving their quality of life. Palliative care can be started at the time of diagnosis or during treatment.
What Conditions Qualify for Palliative Care?
Any serious or chronic condition may qualify a person to receive palliative care from a licensed professional. These conditions include, but are not limited to:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Heart failure
- Parkinson’s disease
Who Might Need Palliative Care?
Palliative care may be initiated for qualifying patients who are struggling with unmet physical, emotional, and social needs. Initiating a palliative care service is as easy as asking your physician. You won’t be required to give up treatments, your own physicians, or a hope for a cure. You can opt-out of palliative care services at any time.
Where is Palliative Care Provided?
The goal of palliative care is to keep the patient comfortable and focused on optimizing the quality of life for themselves and their family.
Palliative care services are provided in an outpatient setting for:
- A patient currently admitted in the hospital with follow up as an outpatient
- A qualifying patient through an outpatient clinic or visit
- A patient with a chronic condition residing in a nursing home
- A patient at home with a life-threatening condition or chronic diagnosis
Palliative care services are comprised of multiple people who are dedicated to helping the patient. While a patient’s palliative care team may vary based upon their level of care needed, the team may consist of nurses, specialists, nutritionists, social workers, and chaplains.
How Does Palliative Care Work?
The goal of the team assigned to each patient is to provide both the patient and the family medical, emotional, and spiritual support as this journey is not easy on any of those involved.
A patient who continues palliative care will be surrounded by a team made up of:
Physician or Nurse Practitioner
Why Choose Cameron Hospital Palliative Care?
Cameron Hospital is dedicated to providing top-quality palliative care, aimed at providing each patient with a treatment plan tailored to their specific needs, ensuring their quality of life is optimized, keeping both the patient and family members informed, and most of all ensuring the patient is kept comfortable.
Palliative Care at Cameron Hospital is managed by a nurse practitioner and offered through phone or in the home. Contact Cameron Memorial Hospital today to learn more about our Palliative Care Services.