What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is comfort care. There are two current mainstream avenues in offering palliative care. First, hospice care offers palliative care. When there is no cure and comfort is sought, hospice care provides palliative care when prognosis is months. Second, typically offered in palliative care units and often times in connection with hospital services, palliative care is offered to chronically ill individuals where there may or may not be a cure, but prognosis can be years.
Hospice of the Ozarks offers palliative care through hospice services when care is measured in months, not years. Even though we do not provide palliative care for chronically ill individuals, as experts in providing palliative care to hospice patients, we do offer consultation in conjunction with the patient’s physician for ideas to help bring comfort care to individuals seeking palliative care.
Palliative care involves caring for the whole person, not just the illness. This means attending to:
Palliative care can include care for loved ones that might benefit from emotional support as well.
As your condition changes, you may choose to place more focus on comfort care. You may also decide to change or scale back medical treatment aimed at a cure.
Pain control is an important part of palliative care. You have a right to good pain control! We want you to feel comfortable talking with the hospice team and your attending physician and his/her staff.
We are dedicated to finding the most effective ways to manage your pain and promote independence and healthy living, with the least side effects.
Affiliated with Baxter Regional Medical Center
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