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Giving Palliative Care
Support system: "the goal of palliative care is to relieve suffering and provide the best possible quality of life for people facing the pain, symptoms and stresses of serious illness. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage of an illness, and it can be provided along with treatments that are meant to cure." this is from getpalliativecare.Org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Managed care is a system of health care management that is intended to reduce inappropriate and/or unnecessary health care expenditures by aligning economic incentives for both practitioners and patients so that both understand their options and select care that provides optimal value. "value" is a relationship of perceived and objectively measured ...Read more
Absolutely!!: Palliative care can be appropriate for any age--because serious illness can occur at any age. It's not only for old people! admittedly palliative care is often part of geriatrics at many medical centers, maybe that's why you're asking? And there is not a different name for young people--even the best pediatrics centers have palliative care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many doctors: Many doctors provide palliative care in their own specialities. However for complicated problems and issues there are now board-certified palliative medicine specialists. For example if you had pneumonia, your doctor would give you antibiotics; but if your case became complicated, your doctor would send you to a specialist--same thing for palliative care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Depending on where you are and whether you are in a hospital, skilled nursing facility, home health etc. Palliative care can be arranged by social workers, chaplains, case managers and discharge planners. You'll probably never go wrong by starting with the social worker. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
When risks > benefit: No black and white answers here, but when the risks / complications / side effects of treatments begin to outweigh the benefits then it's time to think about quality, not quantitiy. In a perfect world the patient/family could accurately add up all the positives and negatives in a numerical fashion and make their choice, in the real world it takes a long / honest /open two-way discussion. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes is some areas: Most large insurance companies are expanding their home palliative care services, check with them to see if available in the area you live. Most need to meet home health criteria (home-bound patient with a skilled medical need). Some centers are also starting palliative care clinics for those patients not home-bound. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Hospice and pallitaive care became a board certified recognized specialty by the american board of medical specialties and the american academy of hospice & palliative medicine in 2006. The first group of physicians sat for the board certification exam in 2008. To find a physician in your area go to www.Palliativedoctors.Org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It shouldn't be: The majority of patients receiving palliative care do not have conditions that are contagious, and present no risk to those who care for them. Palliative care programs will know about the small number of patients who might be ill with contagious conditions or have mental health problems that might pose a danger to their employees or volunteers and will take steps to protect them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's not directly: People often confuse palliative care with hospice, which are very different by nature. Palliative care uses a multidisciplinary approach to treat pain and symptoms in any stage of a disease process, including curable diseases or chronic diseases ( not just end of life). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There are rewards: For most nurses and doctors in palliative care, it is very rewarding to work with people who are facing serious illness, and sometimes the end of life. So there are a lot of serious parts of the job, and sad parts, but a lot of joyful things too. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It varies: Most PC programs have doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, and a chaplain/spiritual counselor. Psychologists are included in some programs. ...Read more
I'm kind of confused on what is exactly an aspect of palliative care. Does anyone know the answer?
Providing comfort: Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me if someone gets sick when they get old, can they seize all of their assets if they need palliative care?
No: Palliative care is part of any serious illness. It doesn't have to be a life-ending illness. And it is covered by medicare as well as health insurance. Palliative care is not expensive, and no one will seize anyone's property or assets to provide palliative care. That would be the exact opposite of palliative care! it's about providing emotional, physical and spiritual support for symptoms. ...Read more
Is palliative care only used for terminal patients or is it sometimes used to alleviate pain in.crtitical patients who are not necessarily terminal?
Anyone: They are professional managers of symptoms. This means if you are in a car accident at 25, you could visit a palliative doc for management of chronic pain associated. They provide recommendations not just for pain but also anything that can be treated to make someone feel better. Hospice pice is for patients with an estimated life-expectancy of 6 months or less. Sometimes they are the same doc ...Read more
Urgent care is delivered in an ambulatory setting. Patients arrive without appointments, first come, first served (except in cases of emergency) care that is rendered is often to treat minor traumatic injuries (ankle sprain, broken finger), lacerations, minor illnesses - sore throat, cough, uti. Not a primary care setting - patients are referred back ...Read more
'elder care' is a newer term for the specialized medical care of the 'older' or 'elderly' population. This population is usually age 65 or older and typically has specialized needs and multiple medical conditions. New interest in elder care is arising because of the increasing age of the american population and the increasing complexity of ...Read more