Ivy Creek Palliative Care

Ivy Creek Palliative Care
We Can Ease Symptoms and Side Effects from Serious Illnesses
Ivy Creek Palliative Care
Our Palliative Team is Here for You
Ivy Creek Palliative Care

“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.

What else?

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:

  • Pain, nausea, and shortness of breath.
  • Communication with their health care providers and with their family members.
  • A sense of receiving emotional support.
  • Making sure that care is in accordance with patient’s wishes.
  • Decreasing stress.
  • Increasing confidence in decision making.
  • Meeting their emotional and spiritual needs.

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.