What is Palliative Care?
St. Francis Reflections Palliative Care helps people with a variety of serious illnesses achieve a better quality of life by addressing bothersome symptoms and reducing the stressors of navigating a complex healthcare system. A dedicated Nurse Practitioner works with you, your loved ones, and your physicians to create a plan of care that offers relief from physical, emotional, and spiritual pain, symptoms, and stress. Additionally, the palliative care team will assist you in establishing the goals of care that are most important to you, and provide resources for important decision making, care planning and conversations with your loved ones.
It’s important to know that palliative care is not the same as hospice care.
While both focus on comfort and support, palliative care is available at any stage of an illness while hospice specializes in caring for people with a life expectancy of six months or less. The palliative care team visits you at home and provides customized support in collaboration with your primary care physician and specialists. Our palliative care physicians and nurse practitioners are also available to see you at several local hospitals.
- Studies have shown that palliative care reduces time in the hospital and helps avoid emergency room visits.
- While you are receiving treatment for your illness, you can still receive palliative care at home.
- People with cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, ALS, HIV/AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis and many other illnesses may all benefit from palliative home care.
- You have an Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), a Nurse Practitioner assigned to you who will coordinate your care.
How Care Begins
Care starts with a phone call from you, a family member, your physician or hospital staff.
Is Supportive Care Right for Me?
If you suffer from pain, stress or other symptoms due to a serious illness, you may benefit from palliative care.
Medicare and most private insurance plans pay for palliative care. We will help you find out what your insurance covers or if you qualify for subsidized services.
- New patient visit $115.00*
- Established patient $90.00*
*Rates based on Medicare allowable fee based on the CPT codes for visits by APRNs
Our goal is to help patients live life to the fullest by helping alleviate bothersome symptoms and assisting patients in navigating the complex healthcare system. By supporting our St. Francis Reflections Palliative Care program you are supporting the person living with a serious illness and also easing some of the strain and burden caregivers have by providing a care team of support to the patient.
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St. Francis Reflections Palliative Care program will help you to:
Be More Comfortable
Help control pain, shortness of breath, nausea, tiredness, trouble sleeping and other symptoms
Cope With Uncertainty
Have a lifeline for questions and concerns
Keep Your Independence
Provide services and help families understand how they can best assist in your care
Feel Less Overwhelmed
Educate you and your family on your illness, your body’s reactions, medications and options so you can make better decisions
Help discuss choices and plan ahead for possible changes, like going back to a normal routine, going to the hospital if needed and deciding what to do if your condition changes