Quality Hospice and Palliative Care
Palliative and Hospice are sometimes confused as being the same thing. Palliative care is any type of care that focuses on making a sick person feel comfortable, rather than curing the illness. It can be provided alongside with any curative treatment the patient is currently undergoing during any stage of serious sicknesses. One can begin Palliative Care at any time. There are no time restrictions on when to begin palliative care. Palliative care can be received by patients at any time, at any stage of illness whether it be terminal or not.
Hospice care on the other hand is a type of palliative care for individuals who are in the last stages of a serious illness. There is no age restriction; anyone in the late stages of life is eligible for hospice services. It is available after all curative treatments have stopped and the patient’s life expectancy is six months or less. It is therefore meant for patients in the final months of their life and have decided not to pursue any curative treatments. Hospice care focuses on symptom relief, comfort, and emotional-spiritual support.
Here at Quality Health Services, Our approach to hospice and palliative care at home or at a facility is simple: We support patients and families as they face chronic or quality of life limiting illnesses. Our team of professionals including registered nurse, social worker, caregivers etc will work together with the patient’s physician to customize a care service plan tailored to a patient’s individual need for pain management and symptom relief. We will also match families with the perfect caregiver for any situation they find themselves in. A caregiver can help with day-to-day activities like bathing or dressing, medication reminders/administration, or provide support and companionship for the sick individual.
One major benefit of our in-home hospice and palliative care is that it helps many patients feel less of a burden to their loved ones.
Our Palliative Care team will assist you in managing your condition and your treatments so that you can experience improved:
■ Symptoms relief like pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, numbness and problems with sleep.
■ Strength to carry on with your daily life.
■ Ability to tolerate medical treatments.
■ Understanding of your condition and your choices for medical care.
Our Hospice Care team made up of physicians, nurses, social workers and spiritual counselors will ensure you receive:
■ Expert treatment of your pain and symptoms.
■ Close communication about your illness and treatment choices.
■ Coordination of your care among all of your healthcare providers.
■ Emotional support for you and your family with a focus on the emotional needs and spiritual well-being of the terminally ill.
■ Referral and coordination of home care and hospice services.
■ 24-hour support.