Regional Hospice Services began its home-based Palliative Care program to meet the growing needs of our communities that we serve. The program was created in order to assist patients who have the need for our services but may not fit the criteria for Hospice. Palliative Care follows the same principles as Hospice Care in that it places an emphasis on comfort care and quality life and making each day the best it can be.
Palliative Care is available at any stage or age of a life-limiting illness. A patient does not need to have a terminal prognosis of six months or less to quality for the services available, nor is it required that they stop seeking curative treatment. Palliative Care uses a team approach to improve quality of life by providing pain and symptom management, facilitating communication, assisting with decision making and coordinating care and services available to support the patient within his or her community.
Through Regional Hospice Services commitment to the areas that we serve, Palliative Care services are offered to patients at no charge or for a minimal fee. The Palliative Care team includes:
- Home Health Aides
- Social Worker
- Massage Therapist
Palliative Care Services may also be covered under some private insurance plans.
If you feel that you or a loved one may benefit from our Palliative Care program, please contact any of our locations so that we may discuss options with you further.
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Palliative Care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems- physical, psychosocial and spiritual (World Health Organization, 2008)