DOES YOUR LOVED ONE NEED PALLIATIVE CARE?

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We can offer you and your family quick relief from pain and symptoms, known as “palliative care.” Our Palliative Care Team will work with you and your doctors to control discomfort. This means managing side effects from treatments, the disease, or emotional distress. You can receive palliative care long before you would be eligible for hospice services. Consider palliative care as soon as the difficult diagnosis is made.

4 SIGNS YOUR LOVED ONE NEEDS PALLIATIVE CHECKLIST

Palliative care is a medical specialty that provides relief from the symptoms, of a serious illness for people at any age or stage in the illness. The goal is to improve the quality of life for those where the effects of an illness impacts the activities of daily living. Is palliative care the right choice? Here are the four questions to help you make the decision.

 Has your loved one been diagnosed with a serious or progressive illness such as any type of cancer, heart attack, stroke or a muscle or joint disease?

 Does your loved one need symptom management for side effects such as shortness of breath, nausea and other symptoms from treatments?

 Do your or your loved one need additional advice about medical decisions?

 Has your loved one had many hospitalizations?

If you answered yes to any of these questions and your loved one’s symptoms have not gone away within a long length of time, it may be the right choice to choose palliative care to relieve these issues. Palliative care delivers expertise to improve quality of life and relief from symptoms management right where the patient lives.

One of the biggest differences between hospice and palliative care is that hospice is for people who are nearing the end of their life and meet the eligibility for the hospice benefit. Palliative care may be provided anytime during the illness, during and after treatment, from diagnosis on.

Since 1983, West Virginia Caring has provided comprehensive pain and symptom management, as well as emotional and spiritual support. Our goal is for our patients and family to spend valuable time together for as long as possible.

Palliative care is covered by the Medicare Part B benefit along with other commercial insurances.

If your loved one needs palliative care, call us at 1-866-656-9790.

Palliative CareHospice Services
DefinitionA medical specialty that relieves symptoms and improves quality of life for individuals of any age, at any stage in a serious illness, whether that illness is curable, chronic, or life-limitingA philosophy of patient-centered care that treats the person, rather than the life-limiting diagnosis by meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the individual and their family
Timing of CareBegins early, once the effects of an illness begin to impact quality of lifeBegins later, once it’s decided that the focus of treatment should shift from curing to caring
DurationThroughout the treatment processWhen physician determines that a realistic life expectancy is six months or less
Care StrategiesPain Control, Symptom Relief, Psychosocial SupportPain Control, Symptom Relief, Spiritual Support, Psychosocial Support, Bereavement Support

Palliative Care Facts

MisconceptionFact
Isn’t Palliative Care the same as Hospice Care?Although Palliative Care and Hospice Care share the same principles of comfort and support, Palliative Care begins at the onset of an advanced illness journey, whether it is curative or life-limiting.
I already have a primary care doctor, why do I need a Palliative Care doctor?Palliative Care is a medical specialty, just like Cardiology and Oncology. Palliative Care physicians work with your primary care physician and other specialists to provide complete patient care.

Hospice Services Facts

MisconceptionFact
Isn’t hospice only for those in the final stages or hours of dying?No. Patients referred to hospice with terminal illnesses of 6 months to live can receive the full benefits of hospice. There is no fixed limit of time that a patient may continue to receive hospice services.
Aren’t all hospice programs the same?No. Medicare requires hospices to provide a basic level of care – the quantity and quality of services varies from one hospice to another. WV Caring provides options for comfort treatments that others may not.

Please call us today for more information at 1-866-656-9790.