The onset of a serious illness impacts a family’s quality of life in so many ways.
Individuals and their caregivers must deal with debilitating symptoms, travel to specialists and labs, comprehend new medical jargon, and make difficult decisions about treatment options. Meanwhile, the fears and anxieties that come with a serious illness can become overwhelming.
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Serving the entire state of Delaware, Southern Chester, and Delaware Counties in Pennsylvania.
Delaware Palliative’s compassionate, interdisciplinary team provides expert care to help you live life to the fullest in the face of serious illness.
We work side by side with your physician to control the symptoms of your disease, reduce your anxiety, and ensure that you get the best care possible. Patients can receive palliative care, along with care from their physician, during their entire course of treatment—from the time an illness is diagnosed through the final stages of the disease.
Specialized support during treatment
Palliative care is a medical specialty that serves as an extra layer of in-home support, when medically appropriate, for people diagnosed with a serious illness. Palliative care focuses on managing your symptoms and improving your quality of life while you continue to pursue treatment options with your own doctors.
Help for any stage of any serious illness
Anyone with a serious illness at any stage can benefit from palliative care—whether they’re young, elderly, or in-between. Palliative care can be especially helpful to people diagnosed with cancer, congestive heart failure, COPD, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, or kidney failure.
Delaware Palliative’s team members visit individuals and their families wherever they live–private homes, nursing home facilities, or hospitals.
Palliative services provided by Delaware Hospice are funded through Medicare, Medicaid, and some insurance plans. Copays, deductibles, and coinsurance may apply.
A holistic approach to improving your quality of life
Each individual enrolled in Delaware Palliative gets assigned a dedicated team, including a certified nurse practitioner and a social worker to help you cope with the human side of the disease. Our holistic approach considers your medical, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. During regular visits to your home, your team of specialists will work to:
- Control physical symptoms to make you more comfortable.
- Address sources of anxiety and reduce stress within the family.
- Coordinate care with your physician.
- Educate you and your family members about the illness and explain options for care.
- Provide a quick response to worsening symptoms before you end up in the emergency room.
- Connect you and your family with other resources that can help you tackle the challenges that come with a serious illness.
What is the difference between palliative care and hospice care?
Many people confuse palliative care with hospice care. Palliative care is intended for anyone at any stage of a serious illness. Individuals can receive palliative care at the same time as treatment aimed at a cure. Hospice care, on the other hand, is designed for patients facing a limited life expectancy of approximately six months or less. Hospice patients have made the decision to pursue comfort measures and forego further curative treatment.
Why should I consider palliative care?
Palliative care might be the answer you’ve been looking for if:
- You need help keeping your symptoms in check.
- You want to stop going to the emergency room or getting hospitalized as a result of your illness.
- You want to know what services are available to help you stay in your own home and take care of yourself.
- You need help figuring out the best options for your healthcare.
- Getting out to the doctor’s office is becoming a challenge.