What Is Palliative Care
Palliative care focuses on improving the quality of life for those with chronic or advanced illnesses. It provides an extra layer of support to anyone facing a complex diagnosis.
You may benefit from palliative care if you have:
- Heart disease.
- Lung disease, including COPD.
- Advanced kidney disease.
- Other serious illnesses.
We tailor our support to match your goals and values. Palliative care providers can address physical, emotional, spiritual and logistical concerns that make it more difficult to cope with your illness.
We involve your family members, so they can assist with your care as well. We also communicate regularly with your other doctors to better coordinate your care.
How Luminis Health Palliative Care Helps
Our team of palliative care doctors, nurses, social workers and chaplains work with you to address the problems impacting your quality of life. For instance, our:
- Doctors and nurse practitioners help with symptom management and establishing goals of care.
- Social workers help with concerns like transportation and financial support.
- Chaplains provide spiritual support.
- Nurse navigators coordinate care between your palliative, primary and specialist care teams.
We can assist you in discussing important care-related topics with your family members if you don't know how to start the conversation yourself. We also help you solve logistical problems that are barriers to your care, like getting to the hospital for treatments if you don't have a ride.
Palliative care can help you feel more like yourself. When you feel better, you're more likely to maintain your treatment regimen, recover more quickly and avoid complications.
Why Consider Palliative Care?
You may be able to navigate a serious illness on your own but doing so can be stressful. People who receive palliative care are more likely to:
- Control their symptoms.
- Lower medical costs.
- Improve their quality of life.
- Improve their satisfaction with their care.
Plus, they're less likely to visit the emergency department or be hospitalized.
Our palliative care providers work with you, making a difficult time easier to navigate.
How Palliative Care Is Different From Hospice Care
Hospice care is for people whose life expectancy is six months or less. Usually, their condition isn't treatable. When some people hear the term palliative care, they may think it's the same as hospice care. This isn't true.
Anyone with a complex health condition can benefit from palliative care. Palliative care can help people feel stronger, healthier, and more mentally prepared to undergo treatment or live with their condition.