WHAT IS PALLIATIVE CARE
If you or someone you love lives with a chronic, serious illness, Talbot Palliative Care can help.

Palliative Care is specialized medical care for individuals with serious illnesses. Whatever the diagnosis may be, Talbot Palliative Care focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness.

One of the important goals of palliative care is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family, which in turn, can lessen repeat hospital visits.

Talbot Palliative Care provides clinical symptom management and oversight of your care and works closely with your community providers. Our focus is on alleviation of symptoms as well as meeting emotional and spiritual needs of patients and families.

Palliative care can be provided in conjunction with home health services and other treatment plans regardless of the patient's diagnosis, prognosis or age.

 

WE COME TO YOU

Talbot Palliative Care, a program of Talbot Hospice, will provide consultations and care in a wide range of settings, including the patient’s home, assisted living or long-term care facilities, and nursing homes.

Talbot Palliative Care provides consultative services to help you find relief from pain and other symptoms. Our palliative care team consists of a Nurse Practitioner, RN Care Coordinator, Social Worker, Chaplain, and Pharmacist.

WHO CAN BENEFIT?

Palliative care is appropriate for anyone with a chronic, serious illness who is experiencing uncontrolled symptoms caused by the disease itself or as a side-effect from current treatment.

* Patients with Cancer, CHF, COPD, renal failure, Alzheimer’s, and other chronic conditions

* Patients with a serious illness AND one or more of the following:
· Frequent ER visits or hospitalizations
· Uncontrolled physical or emotional  symptoms
· Difficulty with accessing office-based care
· Uncertainty about goals of care and/or caregiver distress

Individuals living with chronic, serious illnesses often find themselves in an unending cycle of health crises that lead from home to the hospital and back home again.

 

PALLIATIVE CARE SERVICES

Our palliative care team can assist physicians, patients, and their families with needs related to:
· Pain & symptom management
· Medication management  & education
· Anxiety, agitation, and delirium
· Respiratory symptoms
· Cardiac symptoms
· Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and constipation
· Fatigue and sleep disorders
· End-of-life decisions/conversations and advanced care planning
· Social assessment and support

WHAT ARE THE COSTS?

Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances cover the costs of palliative care consultations. Insurance companies may have differing requirements for palliative care visits.

When pain, trouble breathing, anxiety or other bothersome symptoms of an illness reduce comfort and quality of life, Talbot Palliative Care can ease suffering and improve quality of life for both the patient and caregiver.

 

BENEFITS OF PALLIATIVE CARE

Patients and families benefit from:

· Effective pain and symptom management
· Improved quality of life
· A plan of care based on your needs and goals
· Maintaining independence & control over your care
· Coordination of care and community services
· Reduced hospital readmissions and Emergency Room visits  
· Disease education and treatment options
· Support to reduce the stress that may come with a serious illness
· Extra layer of support in partnership with your provider and your caregiver

HOW IS PALLIATIVE CARE DIFFERENT FROM HOSPICE?

· Can be provided earlier in the disease process or diagnosis
· Is not time limited
· Can be utilized with traditional or curative care
· Is appropriate at any stage of a chronic, serious illness

 

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