Anyone diagnosed with a serious illness can qualify for palliative care.
Palliative care is medical care for people with a serious or advanced illness, such as:
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Complications from diabetes.
Palliative care services are focused on providing patients with relief from disease-related symptoms and stress. The goal is to improve the quality of life for both patients and their families.
Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care offers an inpatient and outpatient palliative care specialty consultation service. Services are provided wherever the patient calls home, whether that is a residence or a long-term care facility.
Situations where patients may benefit from Palliative Care intervention include:
- Patients experiencing uncontrolled and burdensome symptoms directly related to their advanced illness such as:
- Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
- Patients who are experiencing frequent emergency department visits or hospital admissions for serious illnesses and wish to minimize trips to the hospital/ER.
- Patients with advanced illnesses who would qualify for hospice services but who are not psychologically ready for hospice.
- Patients who need to establish or re-establish goals of care in patients with serious illnesses
- Patients who need advanced care planning with regard to:
- Living will
- Do Not Resuscitate (D.N.R.) status
- Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (M.O.S.T.) forms
- Healthcare power of attorney
- Memorial service planning
Our Palliative Care Team Provides Treatment, Compassion and Support
The Palliative Care Team is comprised of specially trained providers such as:
- Nurse practitioners
- Registered nurses
- Medical social workers
This care team works together with the patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. In addition to providing expert care for adults, Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care is a proud member of the Kids’ Path Consortium. We have staff specially trained and experienced to care for children of all ages, along with their families.
What is the difference between hospice vs. palliative care?
We understand that you may have some questions about hospice vs. palliative care. The following chart may help you.
Life expectancy of 6 months or less.
May qualify for palliative care no matter what the prognosis. Can continue to receive curative treatments while receiving palliative care. Some people who are eligible for hospice but not psychologically ready for hospice will seek support from palliative care.