Palliative Care: What it Is, How it Works, Can it Help?

Palliative care helps people with serious illnesses feel better. It treats the physical symptoms of disease as well as the emotional, social, and practical symptoms. The goal is to improve the quality of life.

It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers and others who work together with a patient’s doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with medical treatments.

 

 

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Palliative Care: Illnesses That Can Benefit

Palliative can help people with illnesses, such as:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Lung diseases
  • Kidney failure
  • Dementia
  • HIV/AIDS

The objective is to alleviate or lessen pain and increase the patients comfort level.

 

Palliative Care: Treatments

Treatments may include:

  • Medicine
  • Nutritional guidance
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Integrative therapies

 

Palliative Care: Improving Life Quality

Care teams improve life quality and support the primary physician, the patient, and the family by providing:

  • Time to devote to intensive family meetings and patient/family communication.
  • Communication and support for resolving family/patient/physician questions concerning goals of care.
  • Expertise inmanaging complex physical and emotional symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, depression, nausea and much more.
  • Coordination of care transitions across health care settings.

Patients suffering from serious illness such as cancer, cardiac disease, COPD,  Alzheimer’s, and many more can benefit from this type of extra care.

Palliative care teams help improve patient and family satisfaction with their overall medical treatment. It helps them understand the nature of their illness and allows them to make informed decisions about their care. They report improved quality of life and ability to function under stress.

 

Palliative Care: Silver Care Health Center, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

The skilled and compassionate nurses at The Silver Care Health center in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, provide superb palliative care based on holistic principles.

Our goal is to alleviate pain and relieve symptoms while enhancing overall comfort and peace. Treatment may include intravenous fluids, tube feedings, and parenteral or topical administration of medications to control pain.

Our staff has special training in this holistic approach to terminal illness. They often work in conjunction with local Hospice services to provide the most dignified and serene course of care.

A key focus of our program is the enhancement and encouragement of quality time together for families and residents at the end of life. We offer private rooms for quiet visits, meals on request and cots for overnight stays. Clergy and spiritual counseling services are readily available and always welcome.

Our staff works closely with hospitals, doctors, discharge planners and social workers to ensure a smooth and easy transfer to Silver Healthcare Center.

Silver Healthcare Center accepts admissions seven days a week. We accept Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans, as well as private pay. Our Director of Admissions is an expert in insurance and Medicare/Medicaid guidelines. She will guide you through the process and assist you in determining eligibility, as well as maximizing your benefits.

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