Palliative care is a treatment that enhances comfort and improves the quality of an individual’s life through comprehensive care planning and treatment. Distressing symptoms such as pain, discomfort, shortness of breath, difficulty sleeping, anxiety or nausea are fully evaluated and addressed. Each individual’s needs are assessed and all treatment options explored and evaluated with their doctor within the context of the individual’s wishes. Medications and treatments decisions are made with the doctor and within the context of each patient and family’s values and choices. No specific treatments are excluded in palliative care.
We Improve Quality of Life
With McLean’s Palliative Care Program, patients receive care from our team of experienced registered nurses, medical social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists who collaborate with the patients’ physician(s) to treat serious illnesses such as cancer, advanced heart disease, heart failure (CHF), chronic lung disease (COPD), kidney disease, Alzheimer’s or other dementias, Parkinson’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and many more. Patients also benefit from attentive, specially trained home health aides who provide assistance with personal care or other activities of daily living.
McLean’s Palliative Care Program Focuses On:
- Expert management of pain and other symptoms to achieve comfort
- Close communication and coordination of care
- Education for patients and caregivers
- Guidance with difficult and complex treatment choices
What Is the Difference between Palliative Care and Hospice Care?
Palliative care is a broad term that encompasses all comfort-focused care. Hospice is one form of palliative care.
Patients who require skilled home health care can receive care under McLean’s Palliative Care program, without regard to the stage or prognosis of the serious illness with physician orders. Hospice is generally appropriate for those with a terminal illness who have a physician’s prognosis of six months or fewer, given the expected course of the disease or condition. Ideally, Palliative Care would transition into Hospice Care if or when it is appropriate.