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Criteria for Palliative Care

Posted by Linda Ward on September 26, 2017 at 7:10 AM

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Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious and chronic illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. 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 and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Non-hospice palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness.

But what are the palliative care guidelines? Here is a list of signs that you or your loved one could be ready to receive palliative care services:

  • Diagnosis of chronic illness
  • Frequent ER visits or hospital admissions for the same condition
  • Declining ability to complete activities of daily living
  • Substantial weight loss
  • Uncontrolled pain and symptoms
  • Patient is NOT terminal and does NOT qualify for hospice, however has a chronic or late stage illness that requires complex care and attention
  • Limited social and home resources and service support
  • Cognitive impairment and declining
  • Difficulty controlling physical or emotional symptoms related to illness
  • Patient and/or family uncertainty regarding prognosis
  • Patient, family and/or physician uncertainty regarding goals of care
  • Chronic home oxygen use

If you believe that you or a loved one meet this criteria and are eligible to palliative care, contact our team today to set up a consultation with our team of experts. We can create a customized plan of care to help you live better every day.

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Topics: Caregiver Resources, General Information, palliative

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