The Delaware Palliative Care Team provides expert, compassionate, and interdisciplinary care for those affected by serious illness through assessment, consultation, and coordination of services, support, and education.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative Care is a specialty which enables seriously ill patients and their families to improve quality of life by managing symptoms and anxiety. With a team approach, Delaware Palliative improves the quality of life of patients diagnosed with a serious illness and their families by adding a level of support to their physician’s care.
Why Palliative Care?
The onset of serious illness impacts a family’s quality of life in so many ways. Patients and their caregivers must cope with debilitating symptoms, travel to specialists and labs, comprehend new medical jargon, make difficult decisions for treatment options. And they carry all the fears and anxieties that accompany a serious illness.
Palliative Care is appropriate for anyone, at any age, with a serious illness at any stage, and can be provided together with curative treatments. Patients benefiting from palliative care include (but are not limited to) those diagnosed with cancer, congestive heart failure, COPD, ALS, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, or kidney failure.
How does Palliative Care help patients and families?
Palliative care improves the quality of life for patients by alleviating symptoms and stress and by focusing more on the human side of serious illness. The palliative care team specialists provide comfort, clarity, choice and connection as they:
- Make the patient comfortable by alleviating both their anxiety and physical pain and symptoms
- Support coordinated care in partnership with the patient’s physician
- Allow time for communication with patients and family members for them to better understand the illness and options for care
- Reduce stress within the family unit
- Consider all needs, medical, physical, emotional, and spiritual
- Alleviate suffering and bring comfort and peace
What is the difference between Palliative Care and Hospice Care?
Palliative Care is for anyone at any stage of a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatments. Hospice Care is for patients facing a limited life expectancy of approximately six month or less. Hospice patients have made the decision to pursue comfort measures and forego further curative treatment.
When is Palliative Care appropriate?
Patients can receive palliative care, along with care from their physician, from the time an illness has been diagnosed, throughout treatment and the final stages of the disease.
Where is Palliative Care provided?
Delaware Palliative’s team members visit patients and their families in their home settings–private homes, nursing home facilities, or hospitals–wherever they are.
Who pays for Palliative Care?
Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans cover palliative care. Co-pays may apply.