|Palliative Care is a medical specialty that focuses on improving life and providing comfort to people with serious, chronic, and life-threatening illnesses.
BENEFITS of PALLIATIVE CARE
- Improves the quality of life for both the patient and their family members.
- Patient may continue aggressive treatments such as dialysis, chemotherapy, etc.
- Reduces hospital admissions and emergency room visits.
- Provides an extra layer of support at home.
- Helps the patient with side-effects of ongoing medical treatments.
- Coordinates care with the patient’s healthcare providers.
- Assists the family with financial issues, identifying local and national resources available.
- Defines direct goals of care through advanced care planning.
- Education regarding advanced directives, terminology, and forms.
- Provides pain and symptom management.
- If patient qualifies for Palliative Care, services are covered by Medicare.
||PALLIATIVE CARE COVERS A WIDE SPECTRUM OF PATIENTS including but not limited to:
- Patients diagnosed with a complex, serious illness desiring relief from pain or symptoms associated with the illness.
- Persons living with chronic conditions.
Including but not limited to:
- Advanced Heart Disease
- Chronic Renal Failure
- Liver Failure
- Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Other chronic illnesses
- With poor functional status and one or more hospitalizations in the last six months.
|Palliative Care is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a serious or advanced illness and can be combined with curative treatment.
It is not dependent on any specific criteria or treatment options.
Palliative Care supports the goals and preferences of the patients and their families by upholding the dignity and integrity of each unique patient.
|Fax Orders for Evaluation for Palliative Care Services to: 770-828-0549
Please include: Dynamic Quick-Fax Referral Form or Physician Order, Patient’s H&P, Office Visit Notes, and Patient’s Insurance and Demographic Information.