HAVE you or your loved one been diagnosed with a serious illness such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, renal disease, or dementia?
Do you have more questions than answers about how to take care of your loved one? Are you feeling overwhelmed, alone or stressed?
This is where palliative care can help, and sooner than you think.
Palliative care is a board-certified medical specialty that seeks to improve quality of life for people at any stage of a serious illness, even those seeking curative treatments. Patients can receive consults as soon as they are diagnosed with a serious illness.
Studies show that palliative care reduces high levels of suffering and distress, improves communication among patients, families and healthcare providers, addresses the needs of family caregivers, reduces unwanted, unnecessary and painful interventions, can improve survival, improves patient and family satisfaction, and improves quality of care while reducing costs.
Since Oct. 1, 2012, The Palliative Care Center has provided individual consulting and education to hundreds of individuals and community groups. The program offers outpatient programs that make a difference in people's lives -easing their pain, breathlessness, anxiety, depression - and improving their quality of life.
In just the past year, The Palliative Care Center has received 200 referrals for consults, made almost 400 patient visits and now has a daily census of about 100 patients throughout the 16-county service area.
Palliative care addresses the quality of life in four areas: physical, emotional, social and spiritual. Palliative care is for people facing serious and chronic illness such as cancer, lung disease, heart disease, renal disease, dementia, neuromuscular diseases, and frailty.