Most of us if faced with a serious illness would rather remain in the comfort and security of our own homes. Yet, sometimes illness becomes hard to manage alone even with the help of a family caregiver.
You may have heard the term Palliative Care, or know someone who has benefited from this unique type of care. But there is still a lot of confusion about what it is, how it helps and when it is available.
Simply stated, palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. The goal of palliative care is to manage symptoms and improve quality of life. Delaware Palliative brings specialized care to people living with the symptoms and stresses of serious illnesses such as cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF), Alzheimer’s, kidney disease, liver disease and many others. Getting palliative care does not preclude patients from receiving treatment to cure illnesses or lengthen life. Palliative care is available to those still seeking curative treatment.
The Delaware Palliative care team includes specialists who focus on physical, psychological, and spiritual care of the patient and their family. This is a level of care that is more intensive and holistic than home health, which is typically short-term and goals driven, for people who do not need or qualify for hospice care. Many refer to palliative care as an “extra level of care” when you need it most. Palliative care helps patients and their families gain a higher quality of life despite their illness or injury through care that’s in keeping with their values.
Another great benefit of palliative care is that it supports family caregivers in their caregiving role. Palliative care supports the needs of family caregivers, who risk exhaustion and, in many cases, depression.
Our Delaware Palliative Care team works together with you, your family and your other doctors to develop an individual plan of care that meets both your wishes and your needs.
If you or a loved one is facing a serious illness, you may benefit from palliative care. Palliative care is available at any point in your illness. Many believe palliative care should begin at diagnosis, no matter the prognosis, to benefit the patient and family to the greatest possible extent.
If you feel your symptoms increasing and quality of life decreasing it may be time to ask for the care you need. We’re happy to talk to you about how Delaware Palliative can help. Contact us at 800-838-9800.