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What Is Palliative Care and How Can It Help My Family?

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on May 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Palliative care is defined as the treatment of a serious illness. “Seriously ill” is defined as a chronic illness that could result in death, despite the estimated length of a patient’s remaining period of life. Those who are seriously ill may be experiencing pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, sleep problems, and more. Palliative care assists with the treatment and maintenance of those symptoms. Palliative care provides relief from discomfort, stress, and symptoms that accompany serious illness. Our friends at Green Valley Hospice have recently started offering home-based Palliative care, which is a great resource for seniors.

What Is Home Based Palliative Care Support Services?
Home-based palliative care is for patients who have been described as “seriously ill” by a physician and surgeon who work with the patient. Those who are under palliative care may choose to pursue aggressive treatment options, while still getting to enjoy the benefits of extra layers of symptom management and support from a palliative care support team. By delivering this extra layer of care at home, this care option allows for early detection and intervention of clinical and social changes in conditions that could eventually lead to a health crisis. Emerging evidence has actually shown that early and timely detection and action in healthcare for seniors may reduce the likelihood of hospitalization and frequency of 911 calls. 

How Can Palliative Care Support Services Help You or A Loved One 
At the onset of a serious illness, you or your loved one needs answers, relief, expertise, and support. The palliative care team at Green Valley Hospice is composed of highly skilled doctors, nurses, social workers, and spiritual counselors. Working in tandem as an interdisciplinary team, they can provide care that is uniquely suited to your needs. This includes expert treatment and compassionate care for pain and symptoms. You will receive clear information about your healthcare options and guidance in your choices. Their team works directly with your primary doctor to maximize communication and coordination of care among your healthcare providers. You and your family will also receive emotional support. Our team is happy to provide assistance with navigating the complicated healthcare system. Finally, their team can coordinate care in your home – anywhere that may be. 

Getting Palliative Care 
The team at Green Valley can provide you or your loved one with adequate care. You can call and speak with the Director of the Palliative Support Team at 916-757-6800 or visit their website. For more information on palliative care or healthcare solutions for seniors in general, feel free to contact us at Harmony Home Care. For daily tips, advice, and news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google Plus.

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Topics: Hospice and End of Life

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