Pardee Hospital and Four Seasons want to be a part of improving the lives of people living with illness.
What is palliative care?
Palliative care focuses on the care of those with serious illness and is available at any age, at any stage of illness and can be provided at the same time as curative treatment. This type of medical care provides patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness – whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Some common illnesses people request palliative care to assist with are:
- Lung problems such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), or cystic fibrosis
- Heart problems such as congestive heart failure (CHF) or coronary artery disease
- Neurological problems such as stroke, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia
- Muscular problems such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or muscular dystrophy (MD)
- Kidney diseases
What are the benefits of palliative care?
- Improved quality of life
- Expert symptom management
- Holistic care to address the effects of illness on mind, body and spirit
- Matching treatment with goals
- Partnership with your doctor to help with communication and make sure your questions are answered
- Help with identifying community resources
- Counseling during emotionally difficult times
- Providing an extra layer of support to you and your family as you cope with serious illness
Can palliative care be provided at the same time as home health services?
Yes. Palliative care is a medical service and home health is a nursing service, so there are no restrictions on having both at the same time.
Is palliative care the same as hospice?
No, palliative care can help during any stage of an illness regardless of prognosis. Hospice care is meant for those with a life-limiting illness in the last several years or months of life.
What can I expect from palliative care?
- Better understanding of your medical condition and all your treatment options
- Confidence that the treatment decisions you make match what you want
- Improved ability to carry on with your daily life
- Relief from distressing symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping
- Improved ability to tolerate medical treatments
- Improved ability to cope with the stress and daily challenges of living with illness
How is palliative care paid for?
Services are provided regardless of a patient's ability to pay. Physician consultations are normally covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances. Other services provided by the palliative care team are supplemented by grants and community support so that patients are not charged.
How can I get palliative care?
A doctor's order is required to receive palliative care services. Let your doctor or discharge planner know you are interested in palliative care or call Four Seasons if you would like assistance to speak with your doctor about palliative care. If you would like more information regarding palliative care please visit www.fourseasonscfl.org.