Primary care, or family care, is your main source for medical care. If you are looking for a family medicine or pediatric provider, click here to find out how we may be able to serve you.
Our Home Health teams consist of healthcare professionals offering home oriented alternatives to the patients that have recently been released from the hospital, had joint replacement, in need of stroke rehabilitation or suffering from cardiovascular disease.
“Bridging the Gap with Specialty Care Services”
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is specialized care provided by a team of health care professionals for people living with a serious illness. The care given is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a specially-trained team of specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is based on the needs of the patient, not on the patient’s prognosis and it can be provided along with curative treatment.
Who is on a palliative care team?
Typically, a palliative care team consists of doctors, nurses, social workers, religious or spiritual advisors and other professionals. The team works with the patient, family and the treating doctor(s) to develop and administer a program.
Palliative care eases symptoms and side effects.
A palliative care program may treat pain, depression, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, constipation, sleep issues, anxiety and many other symptoms. And, palliative care can ease side effects of treatments.
In addition to easing physical symptoms, the team can help the patient and family manage emotional stress and assist with important decisions. Also, the team can help make transitions between care settings smoother. For instance, moving form a hospital to a rehab center. The team also assists in establishing goals of care and completing Advance Directives.
Where can patients receive Palliative Care services?
Patients can receive these services in the office, at home, in a long-term care facility or in a hospital.
Research demonstrates the benefits of palliative care.
Recent studies show that patients who receive palliative care report improvement in:
How can a patient get Palliative Care?
In order to receive palliative care, you’ll need to ask your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner for a referral. This is required for patients in the hospital, at home or in a long-term care facility.
Who pays for Palliative Care?
Good news! most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, usually cover palliative care. But, before moving forward, it’s a good idea to call you insurance company and ask what services are covered, length of coverage, and expected co-payments. Our Palliative Care Staff can assist you with this process.
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness, such as cancer or heart failure. Patients in palliative care may receive medical care for their symptoms, or palliative care, along with treatment intended to cure their serious illness. Contact us for more information at 334-514-3038 Fax 833-468-0066
This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.
When this notice applies
This notice summarizes the privacy practices of Ivy Creek Healthcare affiliated covered entities, which include, but are not limited to: Elmore Community Hospital, Lake Martin Community Hospital, Wetumpka Urgent Care, Chilton Urgent Care, Ivy Creek Urgent Care of Enterprise, Ivy Creek Urgent Care of Tallassee, Carlile Pediatrics, Lake Martin Family Medicine, Lake Martin Pediatrics, Prattville Primary Care, River Region Family Medicine, Wetumpka Pediatrics, Ivy Creek Family Care of Millbrook, Ivy Creek Family Care of Holtville, Ivy Creek Hospice-Dadeville, Ivy Creek Hospice-Wetumpka, Ivy Creek Home Health, Lake Martin Home Health, Reliable Home Health, Ivy Creek Chronic Care, Lake Martin Pharmacy, Wetumpka Pharmacy and the medical staffs and personnel who provide you with care or services at these Ivy Creek Healthcare facilities. In addition, we may share information with each other for purposes described in this notice, including for our joint healthcare operations activities
We have a long-standing commitment to protecting the privacy rights of our patients. In keeping with this commitment, and as required by law, we:
How we may use and disclose health information
When you receive services or treatment at an Ivy Creek Healthcare facility, you will be asked to sign an acknowledgment of this notice that describes how we use and disclose information about you in ways that are permitted by federal law. The federal law provides for significant privacy protections of health information.
The following categories describe ways that we may use and disclose health information that identifies you. Some of the categories include examples, but not every type of use or disclosure of health information in a category is listed.
Except for the purposes described below, we will use and disclose health information only with additional written permission from you. If you give us permission to use or disclose health information for a purpose not discussed in this notice, you may revoke that permission at any time by sending a written request to our Chief Privacy Officer at the address listed at the end of this notice.
Protected Health information may also be disclosed to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services for the purpose of investigating or determining the covered entity’s compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
You have the following rights regarding health information we maintain about you:
How to exercise your rights
To exercise your rights described in this notice (other than to obtain a copy of this notice), you must email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a request, in writing, to our Chief Privacy/Compliance Officer at the following address:
Chief Privacy/Compliance Officer, Ivy Creek Healthcare, 301 Mariarden Road; Dadeville, AL 36853. Phone# (256)825-7871 or email email@example.com
Or to Administrator at any the following addresses:
No other person, including a staff member, physician, nurse or clergy member, is authorized to accept a request to exercise your rights.
Complaints and questions
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with us by contacting our Chief Privacy Officer at the address listed previously, or you may file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights by sending a letter to 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201, calling 877-696-6775, or visiting HHS. Gov/OCR/Privacy/HIPAA/Complaints/.
We may request your complaint be made in writing. We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.
If you have any questions about this notice, please contact our Chief Privacy Officer at (256)307-6412 or call the Administrator(s) at the numbers listed previously for Elmore Community Hospital and/or Lake Martin Community Hospital.
We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.
Changes to this notice
We reserve the right to change this notice. We reserve the right to make the revised or changed notice effective for health information we already have as well as for any information we receive in the future. We will post a copy of the current notice at Ivy Creek Healthcare facilities. The notice will contain the effective date on the first page.